June 27, 2014

5 Films That Sparked International Incidents

Eric Dodds, Time

The Associated Press

According to the trailer for their upcoming film, The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen (or at least the characters they play) will be sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un. As you might imagine, the Supreme Leader isn’t exactly taking this in stride and has promised “merciless retaliation” against the U.S. for the faux assassination.

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TAGGED: North Korea, Movies


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