James Franco's THE INTERVIEW Causing Backlash in North Korea
In an interview posted in the UK's Telegraph, North Korea's Kim Myong-chol, described as the "unofficial" spokesperson for the nation's communist leader Kim Jong-un, had some harsh comments for the new comedy THE INTERVIEW starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, calling both the U.S. government and its society "desperate."
In the film, Franco (Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men) and Rogen portray talk show host and producer who are recruited to try to kill the Korean supreme leader. "There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society," commented Myong-chol. "A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy."
Myong-chol went on to use the opportunity as a means of putting down President Obama, adding, "In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the U.S. military wants to kill him as well."
The spokesperson revealed that Kim Jong-un would watch the film, despite his initial negative response.
In response to the report, Seth Rogan took to Twitter to joke: Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!!"
THE INTERVIEW hits theaters on October 10th. The film stars Rogen, Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park and Diana Bang. The story centers on celebrity interviewer Dave Skylark (Franco), the host of the hit night time talk show "Skylark Tonight."
The brain behind Dave's empire is his producer and best friend, Aaron Rapoport (Rogen). Unfulfilled, Aaron yearns to do meaningful work. He scores the chance of a lifetime when he secures an interview for Dave with Kim Jong-Un, the mysterious and ruthless dictator of a nuclear-armed North Korea.
As Dave and Aaron prepare to leave for North Korea, they are approached by the CIA and asked to assassinate Kim. They accept the mission, becoming two of the least qualified men ever to assassinate - or interview - the most dangerous man on earth.