Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview' Blasted by North Korea in U.N. Complaint
By Linda Ge
A letter written to the U.N. Secretary-General demands the U.S. ban production and distribution of the comedy
North Korea is not letting Seth Rogen and James Franco off the hook for their upcoming comedy The Interview, and has now lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations, according to a report by Reuters.
In a letter written to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, dated June 27 but obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam accused the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing the production and forthcoming distribution of a movie about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (played in the film by actor Randall Park).
“To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war,” Ja writes. “The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism.”
Despite the threats, the film is still scheduled to be released on October 2. Rogen co-wrote and co-directed The Interview with his regular collaborator, Evan Goldberg.
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