North Korea set to go to war over a Seth Rogen movie?

News Simon Brew 26 Jun 2014 - 07:13

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman calls Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's upcoming The Interview "an act of war". Really.

When Charlie Sheen dropped a bomb on Saddam Hussein in Hot Shots! back in the 1990s, we can't imagine that the-then leader of Iraq was particularly amused. However, we also can't quite remember Jim Abrahams' spoof movie being the catalyst for international conflict.

But times have changed. And Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the co-directors of the upcoming The Interview, seem to have left the North Korean government threatening an "act of war". We are not making this up. The world might end because of a Seth Rogen movie.

The Interview is a comedy, starring Rogen and James Franco, about a fake plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. And on the basis of the trailer, there are some within North Korea who are not amused. According to the KCNA news agency in North Korea, "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". Furthermore, "If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken".

They're not going to deploy Sandler in response, surely?

The BBC further reports a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman calling the film's release an "act of war". And whilst the film The Interview itself wasn't specifically cited, to our knowledge, it's the only upcoming mainstream release about a plot to kill the leader of North Korea currently on the schedules. It's not like when Deep Impact and Armageddon were released around the same time.

Seth Rogen, anyway, took to Twitter to respond, carefully choosing his words to douse the flames of this potential international incident....

We are bravely writing this news story from our underground bunker in Dudley, by the way.

We'd be surprised if this affected the release of The Interview in any way, although it should make Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's press tour a little more interesting. But we'll keep you posted.

And we all thought it was going to be a Michael Bay movie that finished us off...


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Time to call in Team America!

I always knew Seth Rogan movies were the beginning of the end

It will be interesting to see how the general populace of North Korea respond when they get the chance to see... the... film... Oh. Still, with Rogen in it, it should be called NorthKorea-d Up.

I'm with Kim Jong-un on this one. If they release one more crappy Seth Rogen movie, we should ALL go to war with the studio! And if North Korea release a Dennis Rodman movie in retaliation, Seth, you deserve everything you got coming at you ;-)

So Seth Rogen is this era's version of Franz Ferdinand? Great.

I never crack this "word" out, but I feel it's appropriate here:


North Korea are hilarious! They are like that small kid with asthama in the playground who thinks he's tougher than everybody else.

I dunno, I'm not convinced that Seth Rogen has the requisite indie art-school funk chops.

This will be great publicity for the film though.

Dennis Rodman to speak out against this film in 3...2...1...

How many hundreds of movies have shown plots to kill the US president? Or the presidents/rulers of other countries? This is ridiculous, and I doubt anything will come of it (or atleast hope NK aren't that stupid/ridiculous).

Well I guess the movies PR department is rubbing their hands this morning...

What a coup!

Where does Alec Baldwin fit into all this though?

So war could be inevitable...
Team America to the rescue...

Great. Now all I can hear is Seth Rogen's laugh going around i my head.

I think North Korea's response will be to release a ground breaking documentary on how the US finally became the post-nuclear wasteland it always fantasised about.

You mean Gustav Princip!

There are some amazing intellectuals in your country, making some very valid points on the nature of existence. And then there's this.

Who exactly are Rogen, Goldberg and Sterling making this movie for? And what are their credentials for creating any sort of commentary on the state of things in North Korea, past, present or future?
And to those who are taking this all in light, I just shake my head in sadness. This is how the "free world" deals with angry neighbors?
So what if North Korea does something about this? If this movie does insight the deaths of South Koreans, Americans or anyone at large?
Get your laughs somewhere else guys. If they (NK) are as juvenile or psychotic as your news programs make them out to be, then you should leave them alone as the angry bear you've labelled them as.
Or you let the guys who've made brilliant films for stoners, create completely unnecessary unrest, in an already stressful situation.
Debate all you want, but what point does this movie serve exactly? You get a few laughs for an hour or so? I can hardly see Rogen, Goldberg, Sterling or Franco becoming humanitarians. Because this is the exact uneducated rubbish the rest of the world expects from America today. It is just, flat-out, embarrassing.

Could this spell the end of Rogen's movie Korea?
(Hey, someone had to say it)

Francoly, I hope so.


Oh, and James Franco's career too, in case that wasn't clear.

When you say "your country", do you mean Dudley?

They talk a lot in Korea... And I'm glad that's all it ever amounts to. Now make a low budget, really badly directed, produced, and acted movie about Mohammed, and see what the Muslim world (particularly the ones that hate westerners) says.

Hint: it ain't derka, derka, derka.

me too can't stand the guy

I guess the only difference is that most movies where the president is in danger have a fictional president; e.g. President James Marshall in Air Force One; President James Sawyer in White House Down, President Ashton in Vantage Point, and countless unnamed Mr Presidents in various films. Or they are past historical presidents, e.g. JFK.
I can't think of a film where a living president (in office at the time of the film) is the subject of an assasination attempt... though I'd be interested to hear if there was one

There's also the fact that the vast majority of films about plots to kill the US President (there might be exceptions but I can't think of any off the top of my head) are American films where the people trying to kill the President are presented as villains. Making a light-hearted comedy in which the heroes try to kill a real-life foreign leader does strike me as a little insensitive.

As much as it might seem outrageous for NK to interpret a comedic movie as an act of war, I wouldn't be surprised if the film was conceived as a deliberately provocative idea in order to generate media coverage, which is all well and good in a world of mad PR stunts and the like. But, implausible and silly as it might sound, if North Korea really did retaliate to this film with aggression that resulted in loss of life, I'm sure we'd all retroactively wonder aloud how the hell such a provocative idea was ever allowed to be made. Things like this are funny up until the point where somebody takes it seriously and it all very quickly becomes a very different issue.

I'm American. I agree with you. These guys (South Rogen and James Francorea) love adding fuel to the fire. Remember when South Park made fun of Mohammed? He wore a bear suit and said a speech, both of which were censored? Stone and Parker's addresses suddenly popped up all over the internet! A terrorist threatened to kill them! When someone threatens to kill you, the threat is more real, if they are highly motivated people.



If DRNK detonated all of their nukes at once, only their top nuclear scientists would know...and even they wouldn't be absolutely sure they had detonated.

I specifically came here to write: "It may have been a bad Korea move."

Now what am I meant to do?

Jiminy Crickets, I always assumed that if any Seth Rogen movie would lead us to Armageddon, it would have been The Green Hornet...


I shouldn't have laughed at that.

Day of the Jackal from 1973. They try to kill Charles de Gaulles.
In the remake from 1997 with Bruce Willis and Richard Gere they changed it to an attempt to kill the fictional First Lady.

We can share the glory.
Wait for it, here it comes...

...aaaany minute now...

If you can find any discussions on M*A*S*H, these jokes go down a storm. Probably.

I'm actually surprised it took North Korea this long to get all worked up over the trailer. Like really, it was a couple of weeks ago that it came out! Seriously! North Korea's getting soft.

Thank you Sten, I did not know that.

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