Last night I took the family to see ’22 Jump Street’ (“Mindless fun” says The Trademark Blog. “Could have been a lot worse”) and we saw the trailer (above) for “The Interview,” a Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy scheduled for release this fall. The movie appears to be about an attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea.
Apparently, North Korea isn’t into the whole ‘bro-mance’ genre and has threatened ‘stern’ and ‘merciless’ retaliation.
Now, the plot device of an attempt to assassinate a recognizable individual seems to be quite common. Personally, I recommend (the original) “The Day of the Jackal“, about an attempt to assassinate Charles de Gaulle.
On the other hand, nations may get touchy about statements that can be perceived as advocating the assassination of their head of state.
The movie hasn’t been released so we don’t know what it says precisely. So we will have to wait and see.
There’s no such thing as bad publicity.