For Seth Rogen, seeing his film The Interview on a big screen was a Christmas miracle. So he showed his appreciation by dropping in on a Los Angeles-area screening, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At the 12:35 a.m. Christmas-morning showing, Rogen and his co-writer and co-director Evan Goldberg surprised a sold-out crowd. "Thank you so f---ing much for coming," Rogen told them. "We thought this might not happen at all... It's super-f-ing-exciting. So we really wanted to say thank you. If it wasn't for theaters like this and for people like you guys, this literally would not be f-ing happening right now. So thank you."

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People in the crowd were dressed as Uncle Sam and Santa Claus and waved American flags while news crews interviewed them.

After Sony decided Wednesday to release the film in select theaters and on demand, Rogen tweeted, urging fans to choose the former format. "I need to say that a comedy is best viewed in a theater full of people, so if you can, I'd watch it like that," he said. "Or call some friends over."

Watch his surprise appearance: