Have you seen the ads for the upcoming movie, The Interview? The plot follows fictional talk show host, Dave Skylark (James Franco), and his producer, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), who discover that North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, is a big fan of their show. In an attempt to boost their own credibility, they enter an agreement to interview him but their plans change when the CIA intervene and ask them to assassinate the world leader. To get prepared for their trip to Pyongyang, they pair struggle to make it through some basic espionage training.
Before I go any further, let me make something clear – I’m not a prude and I absolutely adore almost everything Franco and Rogen have done (heck, I saw This Is The End twice IN THEATERS!) but there’s something about this project that just doesn’t sit right with me.
It’s not winning any fans within the North Korean government who have labelled the film a “wanton act of terror.” A representative for Kim Jong-un went so far as to call it “an act of war.” If the movie is released, as planned, North Korea has vowed to exact “merciless” revent on the United States and explained: “The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable.”
I can’t even imagine what would happen if some other country made a movie about attacking the U.S. President or taking down the American government. Even if you hate Obama, I think most people would not find a movie about Iraqis assassinating him too entertaining. It certainly wouldn’t help international relations at a time when tensions are high.
What do you think of that? Do you feel that the Koreans are right to be upset or are they overreacting?