Last week, Columbia released the first trailer for The Interview, in which a talk-show host (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) land an interview with Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea (played by Korean-American actor Randall Park) and become miserably underqualified hit men when the CIA enlists their help in assassinating Kim.
It’s a funny enough premise in America, where many are more familiar with Kim as an eternally springing fountain of Internet hilarity than as a real political figure. On Friday, though, a spokesman for Kim told The Daily Telegraph that the supreme leader would probably watch The Interview when it comes out in October.
There’s hate-watching, and then there’s hate-watching; given that the trailer depicts a vaguely sinister-looking, always-armed Kim Jong-un who insists he doesn’t defecate or urinate and can talk to dolphins, this viewing experience will likely fit into the latter category.
Kim Myong-chol, an unofficial spokesman for Kim’s regime, offered more comments: “There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society,” he told The Telegraph.
“A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine,” Kim Myong-chol said, adding that he prefers British cinema—specifically James Bond films—to U.S.-made features. Hollywood films, Kim said, are “full of assassinations and executions.”