North Korea Slams Seth Rogen-James Franco Comedy ‘The Interview’

Seth Rogen James Franco The Interview

North Korea is not amused by the upcoming James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview.”

The regime has already condemned the film, which won’t open until Oct. 10. Kim Myong-chol, executive director of the Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang, was dismissive in an interview with the Telegraph.

“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society,” he told the Telegraph.

Franco portrays the host of a nighttime talk show “Skylark Tonight,” with Rogen as his best friend and producer, and secures an interview with Kim Jong-un, the mysterious and ruthless dictator of North Korea. The duo is then approached by the CIA and asked to assassinate the Korean leader, played by Korean-American actor Randall Park.

Rogen reacted to the story with a tweet on his account.

Kim Myong-chol told the Telegraph that the dictator would probably watch the film despite the government’s opposition.

“A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine,” he added. “And let us not forget who killed [President]  Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President Obama should be careful in case the U.S. military wants to kill him as well.”

Kim also told the newspaper that James Bond movies are better than Hollywood films.

Sony released its first trailer for “The Interview” on June 11.

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  2. One Who Enjoys Comedies That Are Funny says:

    I may share some of North Korea’s concerns about seeing these 2 actors together…but for a different reason: THIS IS THE END was a colossally trying, contrived, ego-driven mess. Trying to remember now…did I laugh even ONCE when I ran it last year? Nope, don’t think I did.

  3. GKN says:

    The Korean spokesman makes some valid points, but has to learn everything – and everyone – is spoofed in America. De-brief him and his dictator with some films from Naked Gun to the present, some SNL and Comedy Central, etc., etc., episodes – and maybe they’ll get the hang of it. Maybe.

  4. Atasi says:

    Holy cow Kim Jong Un shall have some pizza and enjoy the film from these boys right Franco and Rogen lol!!

  5. Global Sony says:

    I love that the PR rep for DPRK says Bond movies are way better than US movies and yet the very global Sony (with its and Danjaq’s movie house based in LA) produces both. Same producer. Love it.

  6. peter says:

    I always thought Seth Rogen was a way over-rated idiot! Not funny at all. At least Franco has talent and looks good some times, if he takes the time to sleep.

    • Um, yeah. James Bond movies stopped being British films when EON secured UA’s involvement, meaning at some point during “Dr. No’s” development/pre-production.

    • Traci says:

      Totally agree on both parts. Rogen was good as a door stop for a couple of films, but a lead?! He’s a bore. C’mon now.

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