North Korea is mad at Seth Rogen and James Franco. The country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has denounced their upcoming film, The Interview. Which makes sense, really, given that The Interview is about a would-be journalist (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are given the chance to interview the dictator. But a clandestine organization sees an opportunity there, and recruits the pair to assassinate Kim instead. Pretty easy to understand, then, why the leader wouldn’t be all that into the film.
A spokesperson for the ruler said that Hollywood films are ”full of assassinations and executions,” and had the following to say to the Telegraph. He actually made a bit of sense in the middle until he gets to the point about JFK, which is, well… just read:
There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society. A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. 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.
But the best bit? The spokesperson also said that Kim Jong-un would probably still watch the film when it is released. So he’s basically like an angry internet commenter…except that he is a dictator who utterly controls the lives of an entire country full of people. Don’t even get him started on the Metropolis battle in Man of Steel.
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The Interview opens on October 10. Rogen and Evan Goldberg directed the film as their follow-up to This Is the End.