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Q&A: Randall Park Talks Playing Kim Jong-un in ‘The Interview’

Known best for his hilarious supporting smallscreen roles, “Veep” actor Randall Park is ready to step into the spotlight, starring in ABC midseason series “Fresh off the Boat,” and squaring off against Seth Rogen and James Franco as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in the Sony comedy “The Interview.”

How did you land the part of Kim?

I talked to (directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg), and ended up auditioning. I learned after getting the role that they saw only me, which shocked me. I learned from Seth and Evan that Nick Stoller basically told them I would get this part.

Did you do any research?

I got the script before I went into audition. I came to find so little information on him that what I brought to the audition was the little things I did know, and just created the role.

Like his father, Kim is known for creating outlandish stories to build up his legend. Was there one you got the biggest kick out of?

The idea that Kim Jong-un doesn’t pee or poop was my favorite. It is pretty ridiculous to have people see him as a deity.

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North Korea has officially protested the film. Are you nervous you might hear from Kim, or from hackers? 

When that statement was first made by the government about the film, I was surprised, but I was never too nervous about it.

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