North Korea Threatens War Over James Franco, Seth Rogan Film
We’re used to seeing insane threats from the North Korean regime, but this might just be the weirdest yet.
North Korean officials are declaring a soon to be released American comedy film an act of war. ‘The Interview’, starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, features a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. According to the film’s trailer, the duo will portray a talk show host and his producer who are granted an exclusive interview with the dictator and recruited by the CIA to eliminate him.
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman recently told the nation’s official news agency, “Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated.”
Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime, pointed out what he perceives to be ironic about the film’s plot in an interview with The UK Telegraph.
"A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine," he said. "And let us not forget who killed Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well."
He went on to say that American films are too unrealistic and claimed British films like the James Bond series are superior.
This isn’t the first time a major American comedy has openly mocked a North Korean leader. Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, was parodied in Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s 2004 comedy ‘Team America: World Police’. It’s unclear what the Glorious Leader thought about his portrayal as a portly puppet, but it’s probably safe to say he wasn’t thrilled.
'The Interview' is scheduled to hit theaters on October 10. Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself if it’s likely to spark World War III.