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North Korea Officially Called James Franco And Seth Rogen's New Movie 'Evil'

Trashy filmmakers! Stern punishment! Utter distortions of truth!

Surprise, surprise: North Korea is somewhat less than psyched about the upcoming Christmas release "The Interview."

What's not to love about a movie starring beloved comedians James Franco and Seth Rogen? Well, if you're North Korea, uh...a lot of things. For starters, the movie is based on Rogen and Franco's characters, a TV news duo, accepting an assignment to interview North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Fun! Cool! Less cool, from North Korea's point of view: they're also given an assignment from the CIA to kill him.

One wonders as well what North Korea thinks of the use of Katy Perry's "Firework" in the movie. Is that one of the "utter distortions of truth" this latest screed, condemning the unreleased movie, is talking about?

The Hollywood Reporter shares the statement, published under a pen name.

"The cheekiness to show this conspiracy movie, which is comprised of utter distortions of the truth and absurd imaginations, is an evil act of provocation against our highly dignified republic and an insult against our righteous people," the statement reads.

"The trashy filmmakers, who, won over by a few dollars thrown to them by conspirators, have compromised the dignity and conscience of filmmaking and dared to produce and direct such a film. They must be subject to our stern punishment."


"The Interview" opens in theaters December 25.