North Korea could not find the humor in James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new comedy film, “The Interview.” The country sent an angry statement to the US through its government run news station, KCNA, demanding a stop the movie’s release.
“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,” said the KCNA spokesperson, although the representative never mentioned the movie’s title, as per The Guardian.
North Korea also warned the US of a “resolute and merciless” response should the film be released on October 14. The press release also called the film makers “gangters” that provoked “a gust of hatred and rage” amongst its citizens.
Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial North Korean spokesperson already slammed the film-and the American movie industry in general-last month, telling the Telegraph, “There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society.”
He also said that he preferred British to American movies, calling Hollywood films as “full of assassinations and executions.”
“I hope he [Kim Jong Un] likes it!” Rogen tweeted in response to the news.
In the film, Rogen and Franco play TV journalists who get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interview Kim Jong Un. They are then enlisted by the CIA as undercover agents to assassinate the North Korean leader, played by actor Randall Park.
Rogen-who co-directed “The Interview” with Evan Goldberg-defended the film through an interview with Yahoo Movies, citing the amount of research actually put into making the movie.
“We read as much as we could that was available on the subject,” Rogen said, “We talked to the guys from ‘Vice’
who actually went to North Korea and met Kim Jong Un. We talked to people in the government whose job it is to associate with North Korea, or be experts on it”
Following his initial cheeky response when the issue first erupted, the actor-director posted another humor-filled messge on Twitter. He posted, “People don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!”
Watch the trailer here.