Sony Making Digital Alterations to Rogen & Franco's '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.