North Korea Complains to the U.N. Over James Franco and Seth Rogen's THE INTERVIEW
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Reuters revealed earlier this week that North Korea has sent a complaint to the United Nations accusing the United States of committing an "act of war" by allowing the movie -- which centers on a fictional plot to assassinate its learder, Kim Jong Un -- to move forward.
In the film, Franco and Rogen portray talk show host and producer who are recruited to try to kill the Korean leader. A letter was sent on June 27 to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam. The complaint references the film not by name but by this plot, which Ja Song Nam says "involves insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership."
The letter continues: "To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war...The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism."
In response to the complaint, Rogen took to Twitter, saying: "People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!"
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.