North Korea: Seth Rogen Movie Is an 'Act of War'

Pyongyang warns of 'merciless counter-measure'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 25, 2014 9:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Seth Rogen's movies don't usually get panned quite like this: If the US releases the actor's upcoming film, The Interview—which is about assassinating Kim Jong-un—North Korea says it will see it as an "act of war," official media says, per the BBC. The result: a "merciless counter-measure," says a spokesman for the country. "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."

The spokesman cites "reckless US provocative insanity." Rogen, whom the spokesman called a "gangster filmmaker," the Verge notes, recently tweeted: "Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!" The actor earlier told Yahoo that he and co-director Evan Goldberg did quite a bit of research for the film: "We read as much as we could … We talked to the guys from Vice who actually went to North Korea and met Kim Jong-un. We talked to people in the government whose job it is to associate with North Korea." The BBC notes that Pyongyang currently has three Americans in custody.

Canadian actor Seth Rogen poses for a photograph on set during the filming of the movie The Interview.
Canadian actor Seth Rogen poses for a photograph on set during the filming of the movie "The Interview."   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
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