James Franco, Seth Rogen Slammed by North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un for Assassination Plot in The Interview Movie
Bound 2 be mad! Kim Jong-un expressed his displeasure over Seth Rogen and James Franco's upcoming satirical film, The Interview, in which the North Korean dictator is the target of an assassination plot. Kim—via a mouthpiece (a top North Korean official)—spoke to the Telegraph UK last week and called the film a symbol of U.S. society's "desperation."
The Interview, which hits theaters in October, tells the story of a celebrity talk show duo (host and producer, Franco and Rogen, respectively) who score a sit-down interview with the North Korean dictator. The CIA gets involved and asks the two to assassinate the notorious third-generation dictator during their excursion to the Hermit Kingdom. Although clearly intended as a comedy, the film has been frowned upon by the stoic, 31-year-old "supreme leader" of the communist nation.
An unofficial spokesperson for Kim, Kim Myong-choi of the Center for North Korea-U.S. peace, slammed the comedic duo's upcoming film, saying that American filmmakers should look at their country's history instead. "There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society," Kim told The Telegraph. "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," Kim continued in his cryptic statement, "President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well." (North Korea's relationship with the U.S. has been strained since the establishment of the 38th parallel in the '50s, splitting the peninsula into two separate countries.)
Despite the North Korean dictator's role in the film, Kim Jong Un, according to Kim Myong Choi, still plans to watch The Interview. Rogen, hearing the news, tweeted about it on Friday, June 20. "Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview," wrote Rogen, 32, with a link to the Guardian's story. "I hope he likes it!!"