Maybe they missed the part about this movie being a comedy? But whatever. North Korea is not laughing over the upcoming Seth Rogen-James Franco movie, “The Interview,” in which the two are drafted by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
North Korea issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing the movie, calling it terrorism.
“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,” a foreign ministry spokesman told the country’s official KCNA news agency. The statement was reported by Reuters and other news organizations.
“If the U.S. administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken.”
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Here’s what the movie is about.
Franco is an entertainment journalist and talk show host and Rogen is his producer. They land a rare, face-to-face interview with the North Korean leader who, it turns out, is a big fan of their show. But before they go, the CIA recruits them to assassinate him.
In one scene, CIA officials are briefing the two about their mission.
“You are entering into the most dangerous country on earth,” the woman from the CIA warns them. “Kim Jong Un’s people believe anything he tells them. Including that he can speak to dolphins or he doesn’t urinate and defecate.”
“Woa, woa, woa,” Franco interjects. “You tellin’ me my man doesn’t pee or poop?”
“Everybody pees and poops,” says Rogen, who co-directed the film. “Where would it go otherwise? He’d explode.”
“But he does talk to dolphins?” says Franco.
Backlash to the movie began last week when an unofficial North Korean spokesperson told London’s Telegraph that “there is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society.”
But he that added, Kim – who is known to be a fan of American pop culture – will probably watch the movie anyway.
The movie hits theaters in October.
“People don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!” Rogen tweeted on Wednesday.