Sometimes a movie sparks controvery, but rarely is that controversy taken to such as international scale. The Interview, which hits theaters October 10, 2014, focuses on two bumbling men—one, a journalist trying to redeem his career, the other, his producer—who land The Interview of The Year: A chance to sit down with Kim Jong Un. However the pair are recruited by the CIA to do, what else, but assassinate the North Korean leader.
Of course, it's not the most complimentary portrayals of a leader to ever be made, especially when an assassination attempt is a major plot point. Kim Jong Un did not take very kindly to the portrayal. In a letter made public this week to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam, Nam says the plot is tantamount to an act of war:
“To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.
”The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism.”
Seth Rogen, one of the stars along with James Franco, had this to say about the news:
People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen), June 25, 2014
Apparently parody and satire are not popular comedy devices in North Korea. What do you think the outcome of the open letter will be? At the very least, we don't see this movie seeing a debut in North Korea.