North Korea threatens war over Seth Rogen movie
Hollywood film about killing Kim Jong-un is an 'act of war', says North Korea
North Korea has vowed to take "strong" and "merciless" action against America if a Hollywood film about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un is released, according to the country's official news agency.
An action-comedy movie called The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, follows a similar plot about killing Kim Jong-un.
"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," a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement, according to the Guardian.
The unidentified spokesman from the regime also said the US was "reckless" to let a film create a "provocative hysteria" about North Korea.
The trailer for the satirical film, which is due to be released in October, features a Kim Jong-un lookalike and a pair of inept celebrity journalists (played by Rogen and Franco) who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean leader.
Rogen, who also co-directed the film, told Yahoo movies in a recent interview: "People have the hypothetical discussion about how journalists have access to the world's most dangerous people, and they hypothetically would be in a good situation to assassinate them."
Rogen took to Twitter to comment on North Korea’s response:
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 plot of the movie had originally been about Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, but the script was changed when he died in 2011.