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Sony Making Digital Alterations to Rogen & Franco's 'The Interview'

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August 13, 2014
Source: THR

The Interview

Just recently, Sony Pictures decided to push back the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's latest collaboration The Interview, the story of a talk show host and his producer who are trained to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the guise of conducting a television interview. The film has already sparked controversy with North Korea, and will surely make several headlines when it finally hits theaters. However, it sounds like Sony might be a little more cautious than initially thought with the film as THR reports some digital alterations will be made to the film, and one gruesome scene might be cut entirely.

First of all, if you're worried about potential spoilers, you'll want to stop reading after this second paragraph, because that's where a particular scene will be discussed with a death in the movie that you might not want to know about just yet. As for the less intrusive but extensive change in the film, the studio will have to digitally alter thousands of buttons worn by characters in the film because they depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military to honor the country's leader, Kim Jong Un and his late father, Kim Jong Il. Apparently that would be considered blasphemous to North Korea, and the studio isn't interested in sparking some kind of war with the nation.

As for the second change, the studio is also thinking about cutting out a scene where Kim Jong Un (played by Randall Park) meets a rather ghastly, Raiders of the Lost-esque end as his face is melted off, graphically and in slow motion. Reportedly there's no pressure coming from Sony Japan to change the scene, but the filmmakers, which include directors and writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, are just trying to determine if the scene is funny. The first teaser trailer lacked a humorous punch, but we're hoping the film delivers some big laughs, and isn't just a dull stick poking in the side of North Korea.

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  • Xerxexx
    The level of outrage that N. Korea has had only makes me wanna see it more.
  • davidshaw
    "The nation state equivalent of the short bus." Why the hell would anyone be afraid of those backwards imbeciles?
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  • http://benhunter.co Benjamin Hunter
    I guess I'll wait for the unrated director's cut.
    • DAVIDPD
      Hell Yeah. It's gonna be so much better.
  • DAVIDPD
    The guy playing Kim looks nothing like him. I guess that is funny.
  • cobrazombie
    Sounds like they need to send the entire movie to the Recycle Bin.
  • Leon Davis
    Hey, Hollywood! If you're going to go after anybody, why not go after Obama? After all, Obama is responsible for a hell of a lot more death and destruction that Marshal Kim. Obama has given the green light to ISIS and they're chopping tens of thousands of heads off. The last time I checked, Kim Jong Un is minding his own affairs. He isn't trying push his beliefs off onto anybody like Obama is.
    • dannyR
      Sounds like Kim is doing exactly that. He believes he can tell artists inside and outside his cultdom what to do, and they'll do it.
      • Leon Davis
        So? What's your point? Obama did the same thing with the picture of him "shooting" a skeet shotgun The smoke coming from the barrel and the vent was clearly Photoshopped.. The Anointed One is holding the gun all wrong. And he should be aiming it up at the sky; not down at the bushes... Obama Photoshops stuff all the time...
  • dannyR
    It looks like this story has been virturally wiped from the major news outlets. And it is major news. N. Korea has demonstrated that it can defy missile and nuclear sanctions and use that defiance to repress freedom of expression outside its borders. I would strongly recommend that school and university theater around the world make short versions with all the deleted scenes, as best as they can be reconstructed, and more, put in; and then flood the internet: youTube, DailyMotion, etc. with thousands of videos of the productions.

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