It’s been an exciting couple days for Sony Pictures and The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco — but, contrary to the headline, it’s not because of anything particularly dangerous.
The North Korean government declared that it will issue “merciless” retaliation against the United States if government officials don’t cancel the release of Rogen and Franco’s upcoming comedy. Because, you know, the U.S. is just like North Korea and tells the movie studios in Hollywood what they can and can’t release. (And for those of you readers who don’t like the current administration, that was sarcasm right there.)
So why is Kim Jong-un getting his starched undies in a bunch?
In the film, Rogen and Franco play American journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s leader. Needless to say, that didn’t go over very well with Jong-un, even though no one in his country, with all its government restrictions and media blackouts, will probably ever find out that the movie ever existed.
A foreign ministry spokesperson stated, “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.” He added that Seth Rogen is a “gangster filmmaker.”
If the United States does not cancel the film by its release date of October 14, the country will respond with a “resolute and merciless response.”
So far neither the White House, Seth Rogen, nor James Franco have issued a response to the threat, but we’re betting all this extra publicity is making the actors and Sony very excited. Because, honestly, had you heard about the film up until now?
Check out the trailer below.