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North Korea Takes Aim at Assassination Flick



Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Kim Jong Un is not amused.

An upcoming comedy by James Franco and Seth Rogen has drawn the attention of Pyongyang for its depiction of a scheme to assassinate North Korea’s supreme leader.

Franco and Rogen play “celebrity journalists” who land an interview with Kim, which prompts the CIA to recruit them in an assassination plot.

“Want to go kill Kim Jong Un?” Franco’s character says in the movie trailer for The Interview.

“Totally, I’d love to assassinate Kim Jong Un — it’s a date,” Rogen’s character says.

A Pyongyang spokesman made it clear that the North Korean regime doesn’t appreciate this particular brand of comedic storytelling.

“There is a special irony in this story line as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society,” Kim Myong Chol told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in an interview. “A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”

“And let us not forget who killed (President John F.) Kennedy — Americans,” he added.

On the other hand, according to Kim Myong Chol, who is considered an unofficial spokesman for the regime, North Korea’s leader does plan to see the film when it’s released in October.