North Korea Says Seth Rogen Is A ‘Gangster Director’ And His Movie Is An ‘Act Of War’

The government of North Korea today issued an unsurprisingly harsh statement about Seth Rogen’s upcoming film, The Interview, denouncing the action-comedy as an “act of war.” In the movie, Rogen and James Franco star as two journalists who, after scoring an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, are ordered by the CIA to assassinate him. In a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency, a foreign ministry spokesman characterized Rogen as a “gangster filmmaker” and called upon the US to block the film, according to a report from the AFP.

“The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable,” the spokesman said, adding that the US would face a “resolute and merciless response” if it fails to ban the film, which is slated for release later this year.


Kim Myong-chol, an unofficial spokesman for the North Korean government, was similarly critical of the film in an interview with the Telegraph last week. “There is a special irony in this story line as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society,” Kim said.

“A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine,” he added. “And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well.”

The North Korean regime is certainly no stranger to belligerent rhetoric, having warned the US and its allies of “merciless” punishment on multiple occasions. Rogen, meanwhile, seems to have taken the criticism in stride.


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Such an obvious response coming from North Korea. You don’t fuck on North Korea. You write and star in a comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-un, and boom who’s at the top of Kim’s hit list? You are, Seth Rogen… I think the funniest part about all of this is not the fact that North Korea’s calling this an “act of war” or that they’re telling the U.S. that they better block it or else… It’s that they’re calling Seth Rogen a “gangster director”.

PS – I don’t know if North Korea knows exactly what an “act of terror” is.. like killing your uncle with a pack of wild hungry dogs.. is that an “act of terror”? I don’t know..

PPS – How about this Chol guy saying Obama should watch out for the U.S. military or they might kill him like they killed Kennedy… what are the odds this guy knows something about the Kennedy Assassination that literally nobody else in America knows??? Curiosity at 100,000 right now!!