Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new film The Interview has been deemed an ‘act of war’ by North Korea. The country’s ambassador to the United Nations–Ja Song Nam–says the U.S. government shouldn’t allow its release. The film’s plot involves the assassination of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
“To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent Head of a sovereign State should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war,” Nam said in a formal complaint to the U.N.
Neither Seth Rogen nor James Franco has yet responded to this latest issue regarding The Interview, however when North Korean officials originally complained about the film a couple of weeks ago, Rogen tweeted his feelings on the situation.
People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 25, 2014
The initial complaint about Rogen’s movie doesn’t mention the name of the film but talks about a plot that “involves insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership.”
Of course everyone knows the worldwide angst caused by North Korea–most especially at the hands of Kim Jong Un. However it’s more than plain to see that Seth Rogen and James Franco are acting in humor when they take on this ‘assassination attempt’ in their film.
Another James Franco and Seth Rogen movie? This is the best thing that's happened to me since Pineapple Express #TheInterview
— Cathryn Wang (@cathrynwang) June 12, 2014
Do you think The Interview should be reviled as an act of war, or do the people of North Korea–most especially its leaders–simply need to adapt a more American sense of humor?
The Interview is set to open in U.S. theaters this fall. It likely won’t make it into North Korea–not unless Seth Rogen or James Franco have some duplicitous covert powers of international persuasion.
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