Franco and Rogen laugh off Sony cyber attack
JUST days after a massive hacking attack on employees at Sony's Hollywood studio, distributor of the new James Franco comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the actor wasted no time as host of Saturday Night Live, mining the situation for all it was worth.
Franco stars with Seth Rogen in The Interview, which centres on a plot to kill Mr Kim, used as comic fodder.
The cyber attack shut down most of the studio's network for more than a week and hackers released sensitive data over the Internet, including employees' salaries, social security numbers and high-quality digital versions of several unreleased films.
Speculation has swirled that North Korea was involved, in reprisal for the film due to be released on Dec 25.
On Sunday, Pyongyang denied culpability, but said that it may have been the work of pro-North Korean supporters.
"Something pretty crazy happened this week," Franco said on the live NBC comedy show, detailing the hacking. "And I know eventually they're gonna start leaking out stuff about me."
The actor then listed some upcoming revelations, including that "My e-mail is CuterThanDaveFranco@aol.com. My password is LittleJamesyCutiepie".
Rogen then appeared at Franco's side and warned: "It's much worse... An hour ago, they released some of our private photos from our phones."
Franco asked if these included pictures the pair had just taken in his dressing room.
A series of pictures of the two in various compromising positions followed, ranging from them curled up together in bed to a mock Christmas card featuring the pair naked - except for oversize Christmas stockings covering their nether regions - and posing with Santa Claus.