James Franco and Seth Rogen's new Kim Jong-un assassination film 'The Interview' slammed by North Korean spokesman
Spokesman Kim Myong-choi says the film shows “the desperation of the US government and American society”
Sunday 22 June 2014
A North Korean spokesman has blasted actors James Franco and Seth Rogen for their new film which sees their on-screen characters attempt an assassination on Kim Jong-un.
The executive director for The Centre for North Korea-US Peace, Kim Myong-choi, has slammed the film saying the movie showed “the desperation of the US government and American society".
Myong-choi, who is a Japanese-based unofficial spokesman for the Pyonyang regime, said the plot of 'The Interview' was “ironic” due to the America’s past record of assassinating leaders.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: "A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”
"And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans.”
Myong-choi also warned President Barack Obama to watch his back, saying: "President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well."
The film, which is due to be released in October, follows the story of two late night talk show hosts that are given the opportunity to interview North Korea’s leader.
However, before travelling to the country they are enlisted by the US government’s secret service to kill Kim Jong-un.
As well as having a plotline based around the assassination of Jong-un, the film also pokes fun at many of the myths to come out of the secretive Communist state.
In the trailer, one secret service officer claims that North Koreans believe anything that Kim Jong-un tells them, including that “he can speak to dolphins” and that “he never has to urinate or defecate" – the latetr referring to one of the legends surrounding the former leader, Kim Jong-il.
Myong-choi said that the film was an example of Hollywood’s poor output of late, and that he much preferred British cinema.
He said: "James Bond is a good character and those films are much more enjoyable."
Despite the criticism from Myong-choi, he did admit that the North Korean leader would probably watch the film on its release.
The film has been blasted in parts of the Western media too, with some film critics saying that the decision to make a comedy based on the assassination of another nation’s leader is “extremely irresponsible".
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
Isis schoolgirl Amira Abase who fled London to join terrorists in Syria mocks victims of Tunisia massacre
Father faces deportation to Thailand after 27 years in Britain for two 'stupid crimes'
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £...
£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£55 - 65k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: A HR Manager / HR Business Partner i...
£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company's vision is to be t...