Seth Rogen and James Franco made a screening of The Interview interactive by live-tweeting with fans while watching the controversial film on Sunday (29Dec14).

The comedy, about two Americans hired to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was slated to hit U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day (25Dec14), but Sony Pictures bosses axed the release after online hackers threatened venues screening the movie.

Sony bosses distributed the film via a number of online platforms, including Google Inc's YouTube and Google Play, the film company's own website and Apple's iTunes.

On Sunday, the movie's stars, Rogen and Franco, along with co-director Evan Goldberg, took to and invited their followers to watch The Interview along with them, creating a live commentary as fans viewed the film from their own homes.

Rogen admitted the unusual circumstances surrounding the release of the film felt odd, writing, "I gotta say that it's f**king weird I'm watching this on Tv right now."

The stars gave behind-the-scenes insights for each scene, including one in which rapper Eminem makes an unexpected cameo appearance, while Franco also confessed that he almost ran over Rogen and the camera crew while learning to drive a tank for the film.

The unconventional release has actually proven to be record-breaking for Sony, as executives released a statement on Sunday revealing The Interview has been purchased or rented online more than two million times, raking in more than $15 million (£9.4 million) in its first four days, making it the number one online movie ever released by the studio.

While bosses at a number of movie theatre chains in the U.S. refused to screen the movie, more than 300 mostly independent cinemas agreed to a limited run which began on Christmas Day, and the picture has since grossed $2.8 million (£1.75 million) at the U.S. box office.