Some movies manage to easily create a lot of controversy. It seems that the latest movie released by James Franco and Seth Rogen has managed to actually upset North Korea.
A trailer for the movie has been revealed, making clear the story that will be presented in The Interview, as the movie is named. In the 30 seconds trailer, watchers can find out that “this fall James Franco and Seth Rogen will attempt to assassinate Kim Jong Un.” Kim Jong Un is the current president of North Korea.
As expected, the North Korean government was not happy at all with the release of this movie. They in fact claimed that launching this movie will be considered by the country to be an “act of war.” An official statement has been released by a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the statement being published by the New York Times.
“If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure,” the spokesman said. “The enemies have gone beyond the tolerance limit in their despicable moves to dare hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” it added. The government already denounced the movie, thing which occurred on Monday. An unofficial spokesman said that this is unacceptable.
The story of the new movie was expected to raise controversy, but maybe producers had no idea that such a reaction will come from North Korea since the release of its trailer. In this movie, James Franco plays the role of a talk show host who manages to get an exclusive interview with no one else than the president of North Korea. While preparing the interview with his producer, role played by Seth Rogen, the two are recruited by the CIA to kill Kim Jong Un.
Seth Rogen already find out about these statements and posted a message to his Twitter. “People don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!,” his message said. The new movie is a comedy, but was not received like one by the government of North Korea.