Sen. Mark Kirk jumped into the fray over Sony’s decision to pull ‘The Interview’ from theaters today, saying he’d like to screen the movie at fundraisers for his re-election campaign.
“I’m going to be trying to hold the first big Kirk for Senate fundraiser at a screening of ‘The Interview’, so that everybody shows the North Koreans that you cannot edit what we want to see and do in the United States,” Kirk said during an appearance on Chicago’s WBEZ station Thursday afternoon and recorded by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski.
“I hope that now all the media about this movie makes it a smash hit.”
The senator also said he was “disappointed” in Sony for pulling the movie and that ‘Team America’ was a “really good” movie.
Kirk is up for re-election in 2016, and the Sun-Times has previously reported that Tammy Duckworth is interested in challenging him.
Sony pulled the movie’s Dec. 25 theatrical release Wednesday after the nation’s top theater chains announced they would cancel screenings amid anonymous threats in the wake of the Sony hacking case.
Some theaters planned to show ‘Team America’ in the wake of Sony’s decision, but later backed off under pressure from studios.
Listen to Kirk’s interview below:
I'll be there! "Join @WBEZ Afternoon Shift live - Christkindlmarket downtown, Thur 2pm. Planned guests Sen Mark Kirk, Tom Ricketts + more"— Paul Friedman (@PaulDFriedman) December 17, 2014