Normally I love just about everything that Seth Rogen touches but this time, I’m not laughing.
In Rogen’s upcoming film The Interview, he and James Franco play a producer and a tabloid talk show host, who after securing an interview with Kim Jong-un, are tasked with killing the dictator by the CIA. This isn’t the first time Rogen and Franco have been at the center of controversy…remember their parody of Kanye’s Bound 2 video?
After the trailer for the movie was released the director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace, Kim Myong-chol, issued a statement condemning the film on behalf of North Korea:
“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society. A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well.”
It looks as though things are escalating even more.
The North Korean government has released a statement about the film saying that it is “an act of war.” The statement also says that failure to stop the October release of the film would result in a “resolute and merciless response” from North Korea.
Rogen, obviously not taking the threats seriously, responded on Twitter.
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
I don’t know if I’m just being paranoid but I don’t like this situation. I don’t think it’s a laughing matter at all.
What are your thoughts? Should the U.S. take the situation seriously?