In a pretty predictable move, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has condeemed the new comedy The Interview, from This Is the End directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Rogen stars in the film alongside James Franco as a TV producer and a talk show host who team up to kill the ruler on his own turf under the guise of a televised interview. Kim Jong-un claims the movie shows the "desperation" of American society.
That doesn't mean Kim Jong-un won't watch the comedy. A spokesperson for the dictator confirms that the dictator will be first in line when the movie opens in October.
This is what Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyanghad, to say about the delicate situation.
"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."
Kim Myong-chol went onto accuse Hollywood movies of being full of 'assassinations and executions', and claimed that British films are far more superior and realistic. He also sites Korea's affinity for the James Bond franchise, except for the 2002 entry Die Another Day, which pitted 007 Pierce Brosnan against the North Koreans.
The Interview isn't the first movie to go after a North Korean dictator. Team America: World Police, from the creators of South Park, featured a storyline that revolved around the assassination of Kim Jong-un's real-life father, Kim Jong-il.
If you missed the trailer the first time around, you can check it out here and decided for yourself if it's in bad taste, or no different than the political cartoons found in the daily newspaper.
The Interview was released December 25th, 2014 and stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Tommy Chang, Charles Chun, Dominique Lalonde. The film is directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen.