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.