Seth Rogen angers Kim Jong-un
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Seth Rogen angers Kim Jong-un

North Korean dictator's spokesman berates new comedy showing his assassination as a mark of US 'desperation'

Seth Rogen and James Franco in 'The Interview' (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)
Seth Rogen and James Franco in 'The Interview' (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)

An upcoming slapstick comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, featuring an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has the unamused leader of the oppressive regime up in arms.

But he’ll most likely watch “The Interview” when it comes out in October anyway, his unofficial spokesman said.

According to The Telegraph, the supreme leader was very unhappy about the film, which revolves around two tabloid journalists who land an interview with him to boost their credibility, and are subsequently conscripted by the CIA to assassinate him.

“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society,” Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace, and often referred to as the unofficial spokesman for the regime, said. “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 [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well,” he added.

In the interview, Kim rejected US films for being “full of assassinations and executions,” opting instead for British films, notably the notoriously violence-free James Bond franchise.

“James Bond is a good character and those films are much more enjoyable,” he said.

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