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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kim Jong-Un Calls New Seth Rogen and James Franco Movie an "Act of War"

Posted by on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

So there's this movie coming out called The Interview, where Seth Rogen and James Franco go to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un, and then the CIA tries to get them to assassinate him. They become bumbling buddy-spies, you know the drill. I think this movie looks stupid and probably racist, but I'm not nearly as pissed as Kim Jong-un himself.

I'd assume this was fake movie promotion, but given that it's in the New York Times, I'm taking it seriously:

North Korea on Wednesday warned against the release of a Hollywood comedy about a plot to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-un, calling the movie an “act of war.”

“If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure,” a spokesman for its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The spokesman did not elaborate on what North Korea’s retaliation might be. But he accused Washington of “provocative insanity” in mobilizing a “gangster filmmaker” to defile the country’s supreme leader, and reported “a gust of hatred and rage” among its citizens and soldiers.

Here is the trailer, if you'd like to see what has gotten Kim in such a tizzy:

Look, you guys, I wrote a poem: This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a Seth Rogen and James Franco buddy comedy.



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Pope Peabrain 1
They really should headline their promos with this.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on June 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM · Report this
How would an administration "tacitly approve or support" the release of a film? I get the impression the North Koreans are mapping their film-release process onto us. Do they understand that our government doesn't actually censor films? Their beef is with the MPAA, probably, and even they don't actually prevent films from being released.

@1 is right though. I'm ambivalent about Seth Rogan but this film is suddenly looking a lot more appealing.
Posted by wxPDX on June 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this
oh, THAT 3
Does anyone else have trouble getting onto Slog? Loading freeze-up has been hitting all week. Earlier this year there were months of slow loading - 10-15 seconds every time. The trouble seemed to start with a change in online advertising.
Posted by oh, THAT on June 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 4
'Exclusive' is really overused. Being more true to the word, we shouldn't even have the trailer. Eh, part of the Hype Entertainment industry. It's sort of like The Daily Slog completely ignores the 'Hype' movie philosophy about the grunge that made all your careers possible.
Posted by dnt trust me on June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Fnarf 5
I think in fairness we really have no choice but to send Franco and Rogen to North Korea to face justice.
Posted by Fnarf on June 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
nicholaus 6
"This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a Seth Rogen and James Franco buddy comedy."

This plays out like a real-life Cards Against Humanity round.
Posted by nicholaus on June 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 7
@5 Nailed it! That should be the end of the movie!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on June 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Banna 8
How would an administration "tacitly approve or support" the release of a film?

Look at it from the perspective of a country like Best Korea where NOTHING happens without the approval and support of the administration.
Posted by Banna on June 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Teslick 9
Well, if they didn't mind "Team America: World Police", they shouldn't be too bent out of shape over this.
Posted by Teslick on June 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Liam Neesons 10
Scuttlebutt is that Kim Jong-Un is planning a counterstrike by making a movie in which President Obama is totes gay with David Cameron. The role of Obama will be played by Dennis Rodman.
Posted by Liam Neesons on June 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
There's nothing more hilarious than a thin-skinned dictator.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on June 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM · Report this
Calling this movie racist is why us liberals get bad press.
Posted by PC hair trigger on June 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM · Report this
Dougsf 13
And the dust was just settling from Spies Like Us.
Posted by Dougsf on June 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM · Report this
Enh, we've gone to war on flimsier grounds. Let's do this thing, North Korea!
Posted by siduri on June 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Okay, I'll risk looking stupid and ignorant here: What in the preview suggests that the movie is racist?

Follow up question: Was Lost in Translation racist?

Posted by Jude Fawley on June 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM · Report this
@15, Rogen and Franco are white males appropriating the culture of an Asian dictatorship for profit. And even if they've checked their privilege, they were most likely mansplaining while they did so.
Posted by LJM on June 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM · Report this

Actually made me laugh out loud. Yes, we should do that. Let them face Mr. Jong-Un's wrath. Dennis Rodman can accompany them just in case.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on June 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM · Report this
Dougsf 18
@16 - I know it's time to close SLOG for a little while when I can't tell if a post like this is in jest.
Posted by Dougsf on June 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Even Hitler didn't react like that when "The Great Dictator" was released.
Posted by D'ya think Seth Rogen's hometown'll be nuked? on June 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 20
What is it with absolute rulers and a lack of a sense of humor?

The king of Thailand still hasn't forgiven Yul Brynner for The King and I (1956). To this day, it is still illegal to screen this film in Thailand.

In fairness, Thailand never threatened to go to war over it, so there is that.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on June 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM · Report this
Dougsf 21
He still took it better than William Randolph Hearst took Citizen Kane.
Posted by Dougsf on June 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM · Report this
#5 F.T.W!!!

I'm ambivalent about James Franco, dude seems always stoned, totes Zzzzzzzzzz. But Seth Rogen is totes BARF. Those movies of HeMan Big Mean Slovenly Slop getting the HOT GIRL is so alternative universe, and also Zzzzzzzz.

Meant to type slob, not slop. But who am I to argue with autocorrect gremlins. The digital Gods KNOWWWS
Posted by iseult on June 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM · Report this
sirkowski 23
North Korea is best race and not acknowledging it is racist.
Posted by sirkowski on June 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM · Report this
In countries with no free speech, they always assume that any speech that isn't punished is tacitly supported by the government. Kim is basically calling on us to arrest the filmmaker.
Posted by Always east coaster on June 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM · Report this
Posted by Hanoumatoi on June 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM · Report this
bahaha funny clip of kim - "so ronrey" see it here -
Posted by moving2wrd on June 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM · Report this

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