N. Korea threatens war over James Franco & Seth Rogen’s film

James Franco and Seth Rogen

James Franco and Seth Rogen

If you haven’t heard about James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s new movie, The Interview (due out October 10th), here’s a quick synopsis: James and Seth play morning talk show hosts who score an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and are then contacted by the CIA to assassinate him. Throw in some weed jokes, release it late in the summer, watch the movie make thousands of dollars from stoner college students and teenagers with fake IDs. Hell, I’ll probably go see it too. This Is The End was pretty funny, so my hopes are up. Anyway, Kim Jong-Un is unsurprisingly upset by this, and he’s threatening war with the US over this. Yeah, good luck with that sweetums. Via BBC News

The North Korea spokesman was quoted by the state KCNA news agency as saying: “Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated.” He added that the “reckless US provocative insanity” of mobilising a “gangster filmmaker” to challenge the North’s leadership was triggering “a gust of hatred and rage” among North Korean people and soldiers. “If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

Once again: It’s a stoner movie. Seriously, if you’ve ever seen Pineapple Express (which I’m guessing is how this is will play out, more or less) it’s over the top violence mixed with weed. You can’t take it seriously because even they don’t take it seriously. And you know something is goofy when even Franco won’t take it seriously. Dude walked around with a dick on his nose and called it art, and I don’t think even he’s looking at this movie and going, “Yup, this is something people should go to war over.”

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