Seth Rogen's New Movie Declared 'Act of Terrorism and War'

June 25, 2014

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In reviewing the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-written The Green Hornet, Roger Ebert said that the ambient sound of a nearby hand dryer was the best part of the movie. Amazingly, now the screenwriters-turned-directors are facing an even harsher response, as the North Korean government is claiming that "a merciless counter-measure will be taken" against the United States if the duo's next film reaches theaters.

According to the BBC, that's what the North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said over state media about The Interview, a comedy in which James Franco and Seth Rogen play a talk show host and a producer enact a CIA plot to assassinate against North Korea's supreme and glorious leader. The spokesman did not actually state the film's title, not wanting to give it the free advertising of a mention on North Korea's hottest state media, but they apparently did describe it as an upcoming Hollywood movie about killing Kim Jong-un. Beyond calling it Pineapple Orient Express, that's about as close to saying it's The Interview you can get without saying it.

What the spokesman did make explicit was that Rogen and Franco's bromance has now made them terrorists and warmongers. "Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated," he said.

Calling the unnamed film "reckless US provocative insanity"--which is actually a pretty flattering description of a Rogen-Franco comedy--he went on to claim that the film had incited "a gust of hatred and rage" among citizens who were assumedly then put to death for admitting knowledge of our filthy American propaganda.

"If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken," the spokesman continued. The message is clear: North Korea will not tolerate stoned buddy hijinks.

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