North Korea threatens war over Seth Rogen movie

Jun 26, 2014

Hollywood film about killing Kim Jong-un is an 'act of war', says North Korea

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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:

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.

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It must be a real joy to live in north korea where smiling or laughing brings you a death penalty, come to think of it, the uk is heading in that direction too.

Well, now they can pocket whatever they intended to spend on promoting this film. Surely advertising doesn't come better than this.