North Korea Regime Confidant Rails Against Seth Rogen Film 'The Interview'
The Sony comedy, which includes a plot line where Rogen and James Franco try to assassinate the North Korean leader, was denounced as U.S. "desperation."
If there is indeed truth to the adage about any publicity being good publicity, Seth Rogen and James Franco's forthcoming Sony comedy The Interview is in luck.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace, and an unofficial spokesman for Kim Jong Un's regime, criticized The Interview.
"There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society," Kim Myong-chol said. "A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine." He pointed out that JFK was killed by Americans and added that "President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the U.S. military wants to kill him as well."
The film, in which Rogen and Franco's characters attempt to assassinate the North Korean leader, is being released by Columbia Pictures on Oct. 10. Actor Randall Park plays Kim Jong Un. The trailer for the film, as well as the poster, were released last week.
Kim Myong-chol said he is more partial to British films, as too many American films involve "assassinations and executions." He said that "James Bond is a good character, and those films are much more enjoyable." He also said that Kim Jong Un is likely to watch The Interview.
When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, a Sony rep declined to comment on the remarks.
Rogen, meanwhile, has promoted the denouncement: