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North Korea threatens war over a Seth Rogen movie

An "unofficial" spokesperson for Kim Jong-un panned "The Interview," starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The movie is about a news team recruited to assassinate North Korea's leader. (Reuters)

We knew the North Koreans weren’t happy about a new comedy movie about a plot to assassinate dictator Kim Jong Un.

But now they’re calling “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, an “act of war,” threatening that if the government doesn’t block the movie’s scheduled October release, we will  face “stern” and “merciless” retaliation, a spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Real-life buddies Rogen and Franco play a producer and talk-show host who land an interview with Kim and the CIA asks them to assassinate the dictator. (Looks pretty funny, actually.) For the role, they consulted with Vice magazine reporters who have actually traveled to North Korea.

This “reckless U.S. provocative insanity” is sparking a “gust of hatred and rage,” the spokesman said and releasing it would be an “act of war that we will never tolerate.”

Unclear what form the retaliation might take. Perhaps the North Koreans will make their own movie? Call in Dennis Rodman?

Rogen seemed to find pleasure in infuriating one-third of the Axis of Evil.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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