Monday 24 November 2014

Sony makes changes to James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film 'The Interview'

Published 14/08/2014 | 10:25

James Franco drives a tank through North Korea in 'The Interview'
James Franco drives a tank through North Korea in 'The Interview'

Sony Pictures are erasing military buttons and reconsidering a face-melting scene in James Franco and Seth Rogen's new film 'The Interview'.

The buttons represent the decorations worn by the North Korean military to honour the country's leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, changes are being made in order to avoid causing offence. 

The Interview centres on TV host Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer (Rogen), who are enlisted by the CIA for the dangerous mission.

James Franco and Seth Rogan

Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote and directed the movie, following the huge success they had with last year's apocalyptic comedy This Is The End.

The pair clearly had no fear when it came to tackling the notoriously tyrannical leader, joking in the trailer that he can "speak to dolphins" but "not urinate or defecate".

In June, a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in state media that if the US government does not block the release of the movie, it would be considered an "act of war".

Sources reportedly say Sony is reviewing a scene which depicts the face of Kim Jong Un melting off in slow motion which may be deemed particularly provocative.

On July 17, North Korea asked President Obama to prevent the satirical film's release.  Whilst the film is still being released, it was originally slated for an October release and has now been pushed back to December 25.

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