North Korea Files Complaint with United Nations Over 'The Interview'
The teaser trailer for The Interview didn't really bring the laughs we were hoping for from the sophomore directing efforts of Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. But it certainly wasn't bad enough to be banned from being seen. But if you're North Korea, we supposed we can understand that sentiment since the film is about a talk-show host and his producer (played by James Franco and Rogen respectively) who land an exclusive interview in North Korea with their leader Kim Jong-un, but then are approached by the CIA to kill the dictator. THR has quotes from an actual letter sent to the United Nations by North Korea complaining about the film, calling it "an act of war" and demanding the United States to ban it. Read on!
Reuters originally got ahold of the letter from North Korea's U.N. ambassador Ja Song Nam which says:
"To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.
The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism."
Of course, we know how the U.N. deals with North Korea thanks to Team America: World Police:
There are probably some people who aren't fans of Seth Rogen who might say the same thing, but this is all just a gross over-reaction from a country run by a tyrannical brat. North Korea first complained about the film at the end of June, but this is the first official complaint that has been registered with the United Nations, proving that North Korea isn't going to stop bitching about it anytime soon. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry even said, “If the U.S. administration connives at and patronizes the screening of the film, it will invite a strong and merciless countermeasure.” Is there even the remote chance that the film could end up being shelved because of these threats to the United States? We certainly hope not. If all goes well, The Interview will still hit theaters this fall on October 10th. Thoughts?