Kim Jong-un Threatens War with the US if Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview' is Released

Kim Jong-un Threatens War with the US if Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview' is Released
James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Well, if controversy sells movie tickets I think Seth Rogen and James Franco have hit the jackpot as North Korean dictator and Dennis Rodman's best friend, Kim Jong-un, has threatened "merciless" retaliation on the USA if the comedic duo's The Interview is not banned.

The film, described as an action-comedy features James Franco as tabloid journalist Dave Skylark, who, along with his "Skylark Tonight" producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), have landed an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (Randall Park), a self-proclaimed fan of the show, in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

The latest statement from North Korea was issued by state-run KCNA news agency, in which the foreign ministry spokesperson said: "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."

This comes on the heels of a previous statement from unofficial North Korean spokesperson Kim Myong-chol:

"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."

Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il, was similarly made fun of in Team America: World Police and while the state has made no statement on that film that I know of, they do refer to the James Bond film Die Another Day as "dirty and cursed" while Myong-chol did say in his previous statement, "James Bond is a good character and those films are much more enjoyable." Well which one is it? You can't have it both ways!

I expect the release date for The Interview will remain October 10, but it was interesting going to the Sony press site before publishing this article and seeing the film is no longer among those listed as coming out this year. Coincidence? Probably.

The Interview poster
  • JN Films

    Should we be scared?

    • ♴ Major Omniscient ♴

      Be very afraid. ;-)

    • Darren House

      Yes haven't you see the clip

  • The Jackal

    That poster is fantastic and the trailer...well, it wasn't very funny, but I'm hoping they are holding onto to all the good stuff for the film.

    • Dustin Mason

      Finally someone with sense.

  • DArtagnan

    That's great advertisement for the movie.

    I wonder what the reaction was when Team America came out.

  • Winchester

    The film looked awful so I say, if it helps World Peace then I can go without seeing it.

  • Aaron Fritsch

    I'd go toe to toe with that little bitch. If he wins the movie doesn't play. If I win, Democracy for all and the movie plays, he has to watch.

  • SmartFilm

    America doesn't negotiate with terrorists.

    • yrabadi

      'Get off my plane.'
      Sorry, first thing that came to mind. :)

  • Juliet
  • Max

    I wonder whose side Mr. Rodman is on.

  • jaybob

    Great, World War 3 gets started over a movie. That says a lot about us doesn't it.

  • andyluvsfilms

    It's pretty arrogant on their part to make a film about killing an actual foreign leader. If it was in the reverse, the American media would be saying it's a terrorist recruitment video.

    • BradyD

      Team America was about killing his know, a dictator. Who cares if they piss off the biggest joke of a leader on this earth?

      • andyluvsfilms

        I think Team America was very creative but this looks like a cheap comedy that is maximizing its publicity by targeting a real person. And probably getting even richer off the back of it.

    • literatebrit

      I don't know...I really think that if someone had made the equivalent movie about Bush in about 2006-2007 it would've done pretty well.

    • yrabadi

      It's a valid point of view... if the coin was flipped - if they made a film about assassinating Obama... I wonder how the US would react?

      Additionally, I question if their view would changed based on the outcome of the plot... I mean, are they successful in the film? If they weren't or if the outcome was anything but an assassination, would they be less upset?

      • Filson Figg

        I hear the call for the removal of Obama by any means available on FOX NEWS almost every hour of every day. And I respect their Right to be so offensive, so ignorant, so self-serving, so racist, so lame and hopeless, because I honor the Rule of Law that guarantees those Rights, among others, will not be abridged by our government. As for North Korea, those poor bastards are living in hell on earth. Their truly abusive leaders should be ridiculed and feel pressured. Un is the loneliest number, or so I've heard. The only thing this movie threatens is his postured legitimacy.