On the one hand, it’s very easy to understand why North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is offended by the premise of the upcoming Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy “The Interview” — it’s about his own assassination, after all. But on the other, Jong-Un might be slightly overestimating the political importance of Seth Rogen and James Franco.
On June 25, Jong-Un publicly declared that the film, which stars the bromantic buddies as tabloid journalists who have been tasked with killing Jong-Un (played by “Veep” actor Randall Park) during a, well, interview, is an “act of terror” from the United States.
“The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news.
Additionally, the spokesman said that failure by the U.S. government to ban the film would result in a “resolute and merciless response.”
It’s not surprising to hear that Jong-Un has publicly denounced the film, given that earlier in the month, Kim Myong-chol — executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang — already shared some decidedly strong feelings with The Telegraph.
“A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine,” Myong-chol said. “And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy — Americans. In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well.”
These are undoubtedly some pretty strong words, but Rogen himself doesn’t seem to be very fazed by a North Korean threat:
People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 25, 2014
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 20, 2014
What do you think about Jong-Un’s statements, friends? You can see “The Interview” in its entirety when — sorry, if — it hits theaters on October 10, and in the meantime, check out the trailer below to see for yourself whether or not this film is an act of war.