James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new movie The Interview has caught North Korea’s attention. In the movie, Franco and Rogen play talk show hosts who are tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. The film is scheduled for release in October, but has already caught the attention of many.
A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, “The enemies have gone beyond the tolerance limit in their despicable moves to dare hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership.” North Korean officials also said that the movie is “an act of war” from the U.S.
“If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take decisive and merciless countermeasure,” said the North Korean spokesperson. He said that Washington was guilty of “provocative insanity” for allowing a “gangster filmmaker” to disrespect their country’s supreme leader.
— RT (@RT_com) June 26, 2014
Although many find the Kim family menacing, they are also easy targets for humor. The Kim family, particularly Kim Jong-il, has been a target of many shows including Team America: World Police, Thirty Rock, and South Park. In an interview with The Telegraph, Executive Director of The Center for North Korea-US Peace Kim Myong-chol said that Hollywood movies are full of “assassinations and executions.” He also said that James Bond is a better character and the films are “much more enjoyable.” Despite backlash from North Korea, Rogen tweeted and said, “Apparently Kim Jong-un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!!”
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 20, 2014
This is not the first time a Hollywood film has annoyed other countries. In 2006, Kazakhstan threatened to sue the makers of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. However, the country later credited the movie for improving their tourism and making their country known all over the world.
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