Bing Search

Movie News

©Columbia / 'The Interview'
© Columbia / 'The Interview'
Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview' blasted by North Korea in UN Complaint

By Linda Ge

North Korea is not letting Seth Rogen and James Franco off the hook for their upcoming comedy "The Interview," and has how lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations, according to a report by Reuters.

In a letter written to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, dated June 27 but obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam accused the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing the production and forthcoming distribution of a movie about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (played in the film by actor Randall Park).

Also on TheWrap: North Korea Considers James Franco and Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' to be an 'Act of War'

"To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war," Ja writes. "The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism."

Despite the threats, the film is still scheduled to be released on October 2. Rogen co-wrote and co-directed "The Interview" with his regular collaborator, Evan Goldberg.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Seth Rogen Calls Hobby Lobby Owners 'A--holes' and Slams Supreme Court Decision

James Franco Goes Broadway Bare-Ass for a Good Cause

If North Korea keeps all this up, the rest of world isn't going to take them seriously any more---Oh, wait...
Jul 11, 2014 8:30AM
Enraging the North Korean government is the most brilliant marketing campaign I've ever seen!

I wonder when Kim Jong-Il will realize that his complaints will cause so many more people to actually see this film than otherwise.  Or maybe he's a big Seth Rogen fan and is doing his part to help the film succeed...

Jul 10, 2014 6:52PM
You know what Seth and James should do, if they haven't already? Act out the final scene, panning into a pile of rubble, and all of a sudden a hand shoots out! Presumably Kim Jong Un's of course. Then they can't REALLY say that they killed him in the movie. ;p
Jul 10, 2014 3:38PM
So, now the "fat boy" with the leg limb, wants to talk. What a moron. Does he really think that anyone gives a $hit about him or his munchkin country, except for Dennis Rodman.
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
showtimes & tickets
Search by location, title, or genre: