“The Interview,” written by and starring two of Hollywood’s favorite comedic actors, Seth Rogen and James Franco, and slated to hit theaters Christmas day, has been pulled from this season’s release lineup.
The controversial film follows TV news star Dave Skylark (Franco), and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), to North Korea, where they are scheduled to interview North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un.
Their interview plans get sidelined when the CIA puts the two deeply unqualified men on a mission to assassinate Kim during their trip.
The end of the movie reportedly shows Kim exploding in a helicopter with Katy Perry’s “Firework” playing in the background. It then fast-forwards to show a world without the Kim family leading North Korea.
North Korea’s reaction? Sony’s systems were hacked and North Korean leaders warned Americans to stay away from theaters on December 25, threatening “9/11-style attacks” on theaters that chose to screen the movie.
In light of the “The Interview” related threats, Franco and Rogen took the low road and have canceled all of their upcoming press appearances. We’re not sure when we’ll hear from them again.
So, what’s next? Well, I’m truly shocked that both Sony and the American government thought it was a good idea to produce this movie, despite the star power behind the material.
Here are the top reasons why “The Interview” didn’t deserve the job in the first place:
1. North Korea is not America.
There’s one thing that’s pretty clear in all of this: North Korea and America are like oil and water.
Americans grew up with freedom of speech, but most North Koreans aren’t even allowed Internet access. Chew on that for a second.
2. Threats against prominent world leaders aren’t funny, even if they’re feature-length films starring James Franco.
Say the word “Franco” and I’m the first to swoon, but when I saw the preview for “The Interview,” I was actually frightened for him.
All threats against a world leader can and will be taken seriously. Obama has 24/7 security for a reason.
3. What about “Borat?”
Well kids, “Borat” didn’t depict the assassination of a still-living, highly powerful world leader.
4. The USA and North Korea aren’t friends like that.
It’s cool to poke fun at your best friend, but it’s a completely different story if they’re just your acquaintance, or worse yet, your full-fledged enemy.
I don’t know the last time the US and North Korea fought together in a war, had each others backs on a political venture or, frankly, had anything nice to say about one another. And, if your enemy has nuclear weapons, it’s probably best to avoid arguments.
Listen, the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday, my favorite color combination is red, white and blue, and I think Budweiser is a classy beer. Basically, I’m as American as they come, but making this movie was an absolute abuse of power on both Franco and Rogen’s part.
There will always be the argument, “What power does Hollywood have? It’s a manufactured place where idiots go to make their dreams come true.”
Stars these days have much more power than they know. We’re living in an time where Hermione Granger is giving thoughtful speeches to the UN about feminism, where the “Terminator” once turned into the “Governator” and where our favorite celebrities are outspoken about their political allegiances, hoping to sway fans to their ideals.
Nowadays, “celebrity” means a whole lot more than singer, actor or dancer; it means responsibility, and the world is watching more closely than ever.