Seth Rogan and James Franco return together on-screen in The Interview. The comedy duo plays two celebrity journalists who are hired by the CIA to kill Kim Jong–Un, after landing an interview with him. Written and directed by Rogan and Evan Goldberg, the film is set to hit theaters on October 10, 2014.
The Interview is an action comedy following talk show host Dave Skylark, who is played by James Franco, and his producer Aaron Rapoport, played by Seth Rogan. After finding out the North Korean leader Kim Jong–Un is a fan of their show, they get a chance to interview him, and also a chance to legitimate their tabloid based careers. The pair is then contacted and recruited by the CIA to assassinate the dictator. They relentlessly accept the challenge despite being horribly un-qualified for the task.
Seth Rogan’s acting talents were first recognized with his role of Ken Miller in the 1999 TV series, Freaks and Geeks. It was there he met James Franco, who played the bad boy heart-throb Daniel, and the two developed a close friendship. His career only grew from there, and what most people don’t know about Rogan is that he is also a very talented writer. Him and his partner, Evan Goldberg, created Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), and This Is the End (2013). Neighbors (2014) was the last film produced by the pair before The Interviews October 10th (2014) release date. Rogan typically appears in each film they create, and Pineapple Express is where him and Franco first collaborated as on-screen partners, as they run from cops and drug dealers in the offbeat comedy. Rogan and Goldberg have announced their 2016 animated film, Sausage Party, which is about a one sausage’s journey to discover his existence.
The question stands on how North Korea will react to The Interview being based on killing their leader. It is no secret that tensions with America and the reclusive country are already very high, to say the least. After the release of Team America World Police (2004), North Korea’s embassy demanded that the film be banned in the Czech Republic. Released by the creators of South Park (1997), Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the puppet film followed an anti-terrorist organization as they attempt to stop Kim Jong–Un from detonating a bomb and killing several innocent people. North Korea was outraged, naturally accusing the film of making the country look bad.
According to Seth Rogan, The Interview‘s team did their research before creating the film. They talked to the Vice reporters who actually interviewed Kim Jong–Un , as well as US Government’s North Korean officials. According the Rogan and Goldberg, the script is very accurate to fact. Even some of the of the more crazy statements in the film, such as the rumor that Kim Jong-Un does not defecate, are based off actual propaganda. Despite how fact-full the film is, the regime is likely to take offense, but that won’t stop American audiences from enjoying The Interview when it comes to theaters on October 10, 2014.
By Morgan Louchen