SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Wednesday warned against the release of a Hollywood comedy film about a plot to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong Un, calling the movie an “act of war.”
“If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure,” a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The spokesman did not elaborate on what North Korea’s retaliation might be. But he accused Washington of “provocative insanity” in mobilizing a “gangster filmmaker” to defile the country’s supreme leader, and reported “a gust of hatred and rage” among its citizens and soldiers.
In “The Interview,” a Columbia Pictures movie scheduled to be released in October, actor James Franco plays a talk show host and Seth Rogen his producer. The two pals head out to North Korea for an assignment of a lifetime: an exclusive interview with Kim, who in real life is the young dictator of a country that often threatens to fire nuclear missiles at Washington and its “pimp,” President Barack Obama.
According to the plot line, the CIA then drafts them to kill Kim.
In the film’s trailer, a female CIA analyst informs the duo about North Korea and Kim: “You are entering into the most dangerous country on Earth. Kim Jong Un’s people believe anything he tells them, including that he can speak to dolphins or he doesn’t urinate or defecate.”
In real life, the North’s totalitarian regime does try to ensure that its young leader, like his father and his grandfather — who ruled the country before him — is revered as a god-like figure among his impoverished people.
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