North Korea Considers James Franco and Seth Rogen’s ‘The Interview’ to be an ‘Act of War’

An unidentified spokesman warned of “stern” and “merciless” retaliation on Wednesday, unless the U.S. blocks the release of the comedy

James Franco, Seth Rogen, "The Interview"
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Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s upcoming comedy “The Interview” is, apparently, being considered an “act of war” by North Korea.

The Associated Press reports an unidentified spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry warned of “stern” and “merciless” retaliation on Wednesday, unless the U.S. government blocks the release of the R-rated romp about a TV host landing an interview with Kim Jong-un and then being asked by the CIA to assassinate him.

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The spokesman said the film’s Oct. 2 release date would be considered an “act of war that we will never tolerate.”

A different spokesman for the communist country previously slammed “The Interview” by stating it was “desperation of the US government and American society,” but suggested the dictator would probably still watch it.

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Rogen co-wrote and co-directed “The Interview” with his regular collaborator, Evan Goldberg. “South Park” writer Dan Sterling is also credited for writing the screenplay.