At the premiere of his new documentary, The Big Bang in Pyongyang, former NBA star Dennis Rodman extended an invitation to Seth Rogen to join him in North Korea to see firsthand that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is not the villain that the world, and Rogen’s recent film The Interview, makes him out to be.
“I would have liked to have said to [Rogen], ‘Let’s go to North Korea and actually see it. See what’s really going on. Then make your movie,'” Rodman told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I would still [take Rogen] now,” he continued. “I would ask Seth and all those involved in the movie to go to North Korea with me. And then do an interview with me about the movie.”
Rodman’s film chronicles the former Detroit Pistons “bad boy” on his regime-sanctioned visit to North Korea, where he organizes a basketball game between NBA players and the squad in Pyongyang. The film is set to premiere in competition at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 25.
Rodman also doubts the FBI’s claim that North Korea was behind the November cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that crippled the studio’s infrastructure and saw several feature films leaked online ahead of their release dates.
“If the North wanted to hack anything in the world, anything in the world, really, they are going to go hack a movie? Really?” Rodman told THR. “How many movies have there been attacking North Korea? And they never hacked those. North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can’t see that happening. Of all the companies … really? Over a movie?”
Rodman told THR he has not seen The Interview, and that his film represents “the real North Korea.” He said that to see a man so short in stature who wields so much power over his citizens “was so surreal. It blew my mind.”
“To me, I was so surprised,” Rodman told the outlet. “He treated me very, very nicely, like one of the family, you know. And I’m not a hater. I don’t care what you do in the world. If you treat me nice, I’m good. And one thing people don’t understand, until you go to North Korea and actually see it, it’s a whole different story.”
Rodman has five NBA championship rings, having won two with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls, when he played alongside Michael Jordan.