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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

North Korea Declares Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview' an "Act of War"

rogen franco the interviewNorth Korea is growing more and more upset over Seth Rogen and James Franco's new movie The Interview, which stars the duo as a talk show host and his sidekick who are tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-un (played by Korean-American actor Randall Park). A spokesperson for North Korea's foreign ministry told the country's state-controlled news service today that the film's release will be considered an "act of war that we will never tolerate."

Last week, North Korea condemned the movie but said that Kim Jong-Un would probably watch it anyway. Here's a bunch of other crazy stuff the North Korea spokesperson said about The Interview in the report today:

  • "The enemies have gone beyond the tolerance limit in their despicable moves to dare hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership."
  • Called the movie "the most undisguised terrorism and a war action to deprive the service personnel and people of [North Korea] of their mental mainstay and bring down its social system"

  • Accused the US of "bribing a rogue movie maker" to make the movie (it was co-written and co-directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg).
  • "Those who defamed our supreme leadership and committed the hostile acts against [North Korea] can never escape the stern punishment to be meted out according to a law wherever they might be in the world … If the U.S. administration connives at and patronizes the screening of the film, it will invite a strong and merciless countermeasure."