File this in the “dog bites man” folder.
The unofficial spokesperson for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is trashing an upcoming U.S. comedy about two co-workers who try to kill Jong-un.
The good news for the film’s studio? The North Korean dictator plans to watch the movie all the same. That’s extra publicity plus a ticket sale all in one.
The Interview, heading to theaters in October, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as work chums charged with assassinating Jong-un by the CIA.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, [spokesperson] Kim Myong-chol dismissed The Interview’s lampooning of Kim Jong-un out of hand and said American film-makers should look to their country’s own history. “There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society,” 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.
“In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well,” added the spokesman for good measure.
Rogen, for one, didn’t seem upset by the reaction.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 20, 2014