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.
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.