North Korean officials slam Seth Rogen’s ‘The Interview’

Film sees comedy actor team up with James Franco to assassinate Kim Jong-un

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new movie, The Interview has angered North Korean officials.

The film sees Rogen and Franco play a television host named Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer (Rogen), best friends who are enlisted by the CIA to travel to North Korea and assassinate Kim Jong-un. The film opens in the UK on October 29, watch the first trailer below.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the film is not as anticipated in North Korea as it is in America. Kim Myong-chol, executive director of the Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang, spoke out about the comedy over the weekend.

“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society,” he told the Telegraph. “A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine,” he added. “And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well.”

The Interview is written and produced by Seth Rogen and his comedy partner Evan Goldberg. Most recently the pair have enjoyed success with the Zac Efron starring Bad Neighbours and zombie apocalypse comedy, This Is The End, which also starred Franco.

Rogen and Franco previously did their own version of Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ video, with their own take titled ‘Bound 3’ which featured Rogen topless on a motorbike while Franco mouthed along to West’s rap. Kim Kardashian said later that Kanye “loved” the spoof.