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For the past month, it’s been hard to find anyone who doesn’t have something to say about the Sony hack. But there was Amy Adams, perfectly fine with keeping her thoughts to herself about the issue, and there was Today, who cancelled the actress’ on-air segment because she didn’t think the hack was proper interview material. To be expected, she wasn’t exactly happy to find this out.
Not one to curse people out while setting fire to buildings, Adams took the news like a champ, but came away from it with a certain amount of unhappiness. Speaking with USA Today, Adams said she was uncomfortable with any hack-related line of questioning, but that she understood they were determined to push the interview in that direction, instead of – I don’t know – centered on the project she’s busy promoting: Tim Burton’s biopic Big Eyes. Here’s how she put it.
I walked away from the conversation and went up to the room to do the interview. I assumed they were going to ask me about [Sony hacking]. And I was prepared for that, to whatever degree I was prepared…I was informed that they had decided to pull the interview. I was confused and definitely frustrated. I still don’t understand.”
One has to assume she would have just brushed off the information and then threatened to take them all down because she knows Superman and now Batman and they don’t put up with that kind of shit. It takes a lot of audacity to just crimp a big star out of your program just because she initially balks at not wanting to talk about pay discrepancies between men and women. Nobody watches Today for insight into gender politics and the inside baseball of Hollywood. They watch to see Al Roker make jokes that your great-grandfather would have laughed at.
Of course, Today’s producers don’t see it as audacity. Their press statement claims they don’t “allow guests to dictate restrictions on interviews” and that they didn’t feel right about the “demands being made,” and so they scrapped Adams’ interview altogether. The only reason it was planned in the first place is because she was in town for a Saturday Night Live hosting gig. She’ll know better next time.
Adams also didn’t broach the subject of Sony with USA Today, saying this.
I am not going to add my voice to that conversation. Even in this room. You can add that to your story. And that’s fair.”
You can catch Adams also not talking about the Sony hack as artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes when it opens on Christmas day.