President Obama told reporters on Friday that he was disappointed that Sony cancelled the release of “The Interview” while discussing North Korea’s cyber-attack.
While discussing the film, Obama misspoke and called James Franco, one of the film’s stars, James Flacco. He apparently confused the actor with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
“I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco,” Obama said.
Twitter, social media and the mainstream media were all over Obama’s faux pas Friday afternoon. Even Flacco had fun with it.
“@barackobama It’s James Franco, not James Flacco,” Flacco said on his Twitter account.
He followed with another tweet, “Welcome to the family, brother. @JamesFrancoTV”
A fake James Flacco account then appeared on Twitter and offered this: “I’d be more bummed about Sony yanking my movie, but I’m having the best season of my career.”