"The Interview," an upcoming film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen about two journalists assassinating Kim Jong-un, is stirring up trouble between the US and North Korea.
The North Korean government has threatened retaliation should this movie be released to the public. A foreign ministry spokesperson from North Korea said,
If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken.
The spokesperson even went so far as to say the release of the movie would be considered an "act of war," and that a movie such as this one, whose clear objective is to harm top-level North Korean leadership, is "the most blatant act of terrorism."
The film's teaser trailer shows a Kim Jong-un lookalike actor and what appear to be North Korean missiles, helicopters and tanks.
The trailer humorously mentions that everybody in North Korea believes whatever Jong-un says, even if he tells them that he can speak to dolphins or that he doesn't go to the bathroom.
It shows snippets of Rogen and Franco battling North Korean soldiers and interacting with their people.
"The Interview" and its related provocativeness have created "a gust of hatred and rage" among North Korean soldiers and citizens.
Rogen told Yahoo! that his inspiration for the film was journalists' trips to North Korea. He said,
People have the hypothetical discussion about how journalists have access to the world's most dangerous people, and they hypothetically would be in a good situation to assassinate them.
Apparently North Korea is ready for this "hypothetical" assassination: Evidence has emerged that North Korea is further developing its missile technology. Some observers identified an anti-ship cruise missile displayed in a propaganda film, but other observers are a bit more skeptical.
I wonder what Rogen and Franco will have to say about this.