Seth Rogen is no stranger to controversy. His comedy has landed him in the hot seat for its crude style. Rogen has been called out for being vulgar and brash. He’s even been cited for promoting marijuana in his films. Rogen’s most recent film may have landed him in more hot water than he can ever imagine.
Rogen has teamed up with longtime friend, James Franco once again to create The Interview. The film’s plot follows two characters who are intending to assassinate Kim Jong Un. The idea behind the film has gotten Kim Jong Un’s attention. The Korean leader has gone as far as to call the film an act of terrorism. He’s even claimed that the film’s release will be met with retaliation against the United States.
Seth Rogen does not seem to be taking Kim Jong Un’s threats seriously as he’s stated simply, “Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!!” via Twitter.
Kim Jong Un is no stranger to blowing smoke. He’s bluffed and threaten war in the past. Perhaps this is why the United States government doesn’t seem to be taking the threats to heart. It’s interesting to ponder if this may be the final straw that pushed Un over the edge.
It is also interesting to think if the threats would be the same if this plot were an episode of Family Guy or American Dad. These shows are known for crossing lines and being controversial. Perhaps it’d be given less attention since it is not a feature film.
One certain aspect is that the controversy is sure to bring in audiences. They say there is not such thing as bad publicity. Has Seth Rogen hit a gold mine by striking a chord in Kim Jong Un? Could Un’s anger over the film do nothing more than sell more tickets for the film?
Un has been the target of American comedy in the past. He’s been parodied on 30 Rock and SNL among other shows. Has Un been angered over these as well? These parodies have been more or less harmless. They may poke fun at the leader but none have been centered around his assassination.
On must wonder how the people of North Korea feel about the film. Another question that comes to mind is how the American people would feel if a foreign film centered on the assassination of our own president.
The one thing that is for sure is that controversy has created cash in the past. The film is set to release in October. It will be interesting to see where the road takes us from here. Will the film be release? Will North Korea retaliate? Does Seth Rogen care?