Movie stars James Franco and Seth Rogen are used to having their work criticized, but not like this.
A spokesperson for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has condemned the pair's new film, The Interview, which depicts two celebrity journalists from the United States who plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Although the film is billed as a comedy, the North Korean government isn't laughing.
"There is a special irony in this story line as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society," spokesperson Kim Myong Chol said 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.
Good burn, Kim Myong Chol!
Should Franco and Rogen be worried about reprisals from the North Korean Government? Maybe.
In 1978, South Korean director Shin Sang-ok was kidnapped by North Korea and forced to work for the country's fledgling film industry. Most notably, he was forced to make Pulgasari, a Godzilla ripoff with communist overtones. He managed to escape his captors eight years later while attending a film festival in Vienna.
On the other hand, Trey Parker and Matt Stone mercilessly mocked Kim Jong-un's now deceased father, Kim Jong-il, in 2004's Team America: World Police.
If Parker and Stone weren't kidnapped or killed for this, then Franco and Rogen should be fine. (Source)