If James Franco and Seth Rogen were hoping for an invite to a pickup basketball game with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un - and who among us does not - they can just forget it. Kim Jong Un is in a celebrity feud with them now.
Franco and Rogen star in the October film "The Interview," in which they play the star and producer of a TV talk show. Lizzy Kaplan of the CIA informs them that Kim Jong Un is a big fan of their show, and asks them to go to North Korea and assassinate him.
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The trailer for the movie dropped on June 11th, and Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be a Western movie buff like his father Kim Jong Il, is not pleased to find himself targeted for a fictional assassination. Unlike most celebrity beefs, this one cannot be settled on Twitter as Miss Manners recommends, but Kim has informed the world of his displeasure through a spokesperson.
"There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society," his spokesman Kim Myong-Choi said, according to the Guardian. "A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed [President John F] Kennedy – Americans.
"In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well."
If the military sends Seth Rogen and James Franco to do the job, I think Obama will be just fine.