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Sony Pictures may censor Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's The Interview

Aug. 13, 2014by: Sean Wist

There's been some controversy about THE INTERVIEW due to it's subject matter of assassinating North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Things only heated up when on June 25, the Korean Central News Agency condemned the movie, promising a "merciless retaliation" upon the film's release. They stated that "Making and releasing a film on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated." As ridiculous as that sounds, this may have prompted Sony Pictures to take some action in regards to the film. Word is that the studio may digitally alter thousands of buttons worn by different characters in the film that depict the actual buttons that are worn by North Korean military, due to "clearance issues" that would otherwise remain offensive. There is also another scene that's in consideration to be cut/altered, although if you care about SPOILERS, then you can skip to the next paragraph. At some point in the film, Kim Jong Un's face is melted off in slow-motion. Whether that's a fantasy in the film or the real deal remains to be seen.

To be honest, I don't really care what the buttons say or look like in the film. That's not important. I also doubt that's going to sway the opinion of North Korea, in regards to the content. "Oh, well they're not wearing our buttons, so I guess it's okay." My worry at this point is that, aside from the fact those things should not be censored, the CG buttons might actually be distracting if done poorly. In any event, I imagine the controversy is only going to bring in more people to see this film so it's most likely not going to change the final outcome. We'll see if we're at war with North Korea come Christmas.

THE INTERVIEW will open with CG buttons on December 25, 2014.

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2:27AM on 08/14/2014
Maybe this was lead to the first film off, you know like dance off, they can retaliate with a film they find equally harsh or worse. Then USA can respond if they don't feel like they got owned.

Juuuuuuuust imagine for a second if this happened but both sides used Hollywood actors and the budgets got bigger and bigger. Michael Bay can direct for Korea. Somebody take this farther in the comments...
Maybe this was lead to the first film off, you know like dance off, they can retaliate with a film they find equally harsh or worse. Then USA can respond if they don't feel like they got owned.

Juuuuuuuust imagine for a second if this happened but both sides used Hollywood actors and the budgets got bigger and bigger. Michael Bay can direct for Korea. Somebody take this farther in the comments...
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2:00AM on 08/14/2014
Can you imagine if we actually went to war over a movie made by fuckin Seth Rogen?! That'll be unprecedented! I mean just the threat alone is a precedent never set by film. But seriously- can you imagine James and Seth being in our grand children's history books for single handedly starting a war and perhaps World War III?! I mean that is CRAZY! lol That's some alternate dimension shit right there.
Can you imagine if we actually went to war over a movie made by fuckin Seth Rogen?! That'll be unprecedented! I mean just the threat alone is a precedent never set by film. But seriously- can you imagine James and Seth being in our grand children's history books for single handedly starting a war and perhaps World War III?! I mean that is CRAZY! lol That's some alternate dimension shit right there.
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12:01AM on 08/14/2014
Fuck North Korea.
Fuck North Korea.
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7:44PM on 08/13/2014

Oh thank the gods!

I am only halfway done with my fallout shelter. Maybe this will keep the mighty North Koreans from unleashing nuclear hell. We can only pray they have mercy on us.
I am only halfway done with my fallout shelter. Maybe this will keep the mighty North Koreans from unleashing nuclear hell. We can only pray they have mercy on us.
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6:53PM on 08/13/2014
It is really amazing that the picture was made without anyone thinking a country that has launched missiles, kidnapped actresses and directors and has a leader credited with a god-like existence, MIGHT be upset about a comedy assassination film.
It is really amazing that the picture was made without anyone thinking a country that has launched missiles, kidnapped actresses and directors and has a leader credited with a god-like existence, MIGHT be upset about a comedy assassination film.
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5:10PM on 08/13/2014
if you censor it, the terrorists win
if you censor it, the terrorists win
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3:29PM on 08/13/2014

is there a trailer or a review for this yet?

they were hyping this in san diego like in the gaslamp.... is there a trailer or a review for this?
they were hyping this in san diego like in the gaslamp.... is there a trailer or a review for this?
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3:26PM on 08/13/2014
I mean...what did the studio expect after reading the script/hearing the pitch, and knowing who the filmmakers are. It sucks that this is the reality, and prolly what they are making fun of in the film, but it sounds like they should have probably made up a country that's obviously North Korea and Lil Kim (or...lil Kim jr?), even "Schmorth Shkorea." Something like that
I mean...what did the studio expect after reading the script/hearing the pitch, and knowing who the filmmakers are. It sucks that this is the reality, and prolly what they are making fun of in the film, but it sounds like they should have probably made up a country that's obviously North Korea and Lil Kim (or...lil Kim jr?), even "Schmorth Shkorea." Something like that
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3:24PM on 08/13/2014
What this really comes down to is displeasing the Chinese, which Hollywood will not do for any reason now. The Chinese government supports Kim Jong-Un's North Korean government and now Hollywood views China's box office at the most important in the world, so they have to keep the evil Chinese government happy at all times. Marvel ruined Iron Man's best villain in order to not piss off the Chinese (in a film that was a Chinese co-production, BTW). They changed the villains in the Red Dawn remake
What this really comes down to is displeasing the Chinese, which Hollywood will not do for any reason now. The Chinese government supports Kim Jong-Un's North Korean government and now Hollywood views China's box office at the most important in the world, so they have to keep the evil Chinese government happy at all times. Marvel ruined Iron Man's best villain in order to not piss off the Chinese (in a film that was a Chinese co-production, BTW). They changed the villains in the Red Dawn remake from the Chinese (to North Korea, ironically) because their government was furious about it. In the 90s Saddam Hussein was depicted in Hot Shots, much like 1940s comic books and cartoons had Hitler as a goofy imbecile receiving beatings from Superman, Captain America and Bugs Bunny. But the box office never depended on Iraq's or Germany's business.
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3:04PM on 08/13/2014

Oh, I'm sorry...

I thought this was America!
I thought this was America!
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1:56PM on 08/13/2014

Fuck them anyway

Movie will no doubt be unfunny.
Movie will no doubt be unfunny.
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3:56AM on 08/14/2014
I agree
I agree
1:42PM on 08/13/2014
It's an interesting topic for discussion at the very least. If a piece of entertainment might have a real negative effect on the international political climate, where do you draw the line? Kim Jong Un might be viewed upon as somewhat of a laughingstock by those here, but the fact remains that he is the head of a country that -- as someone pointed out below -- tortures hundreds of thousands, and commits countless other human rights violations everyday. And that's in his country alone, not to
It's an interesting topic for discussion at the very least. If a piece of entertainment might have a real negative effect on the international political climate, where do you draw the line? Kim Jong Un might be viewed upon as somewhat of a laughingstock by those here, but the fact remains that he is the head of a country that -- as someone pointed out below -- tortures hundreds of thousands, and commits countless other human rights violations everyday. And that's in his country alone, not to mention the tensions with South Korea, others in the region, and throughout the world. Oh, and their ever-growing nuclear arsenal. When do you take Kim Jong Un's threats as a possible reality? If he goes out and says that the release of "The Interview" will result in a swift retaliation against those in North Korean concentration camps (increased torture, murder, etc.) as a first wave of punishment against the West, does Sony still release the film because we here want to be entertained?

Food for thought.
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1:42PM on 08/13/2014
Is that Joseph Gordon Levitt as Kim Jong Un at the bottom of the poster?
Is that Joseph Gordon Levitt as Kim Jong Un at the bottom of the poster?
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1:06PM on 08/13/2014
Hey look at that North Korea just reminded us they exist again
Hey look at that North Korea just reminded us they exist again
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12:48PM on 08/13/2014
Why not kill that jerk for real and release the movie afterwards? Just a suggestion. They could introduce it to "may or may not be based on a true story".
Why not kill that jerk for real and release the movie afterwards? Just a suggestion. They could introduce it to "may or may not be based on a true story".
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12:19PM on 08/13/2014
"Oh no, we might upset an oppressive dictator who tortures and kills thousands of people while imprisoning hundreds of thousands more in modern-day concentration camps." Fuck that fat-ass and every government/military asshole who enables him. Leave the movie alone.
"Oh no, we might upset an oppressive dictator who tortures and kills thousands of people while imprisoning hundreds of thousands more in modern-day concentration camps." Fuck that fat-ass and every government/military asshole who enables him. Leave the movie alone.
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12:09PM on 08/13/2014
I wouldn't be surprised if the movie got banned altogether. It will probably be banned in North Korea alone.
I wouldn't be surprised if the movie got banned altogether. It will probably be banned in North Korea alone.
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12:27PM on 08/13/2014
Everything is banned in North Korea.
Everything is banned in North Korea.
12:31PM on 08/13/2014
Haha, yeah, that is true.
Haha, yeah, that is true.
12:04PM on 08/13/2014
I am exhausted caring about this. Watch the movie end sucking and all this trouble was for nothing.
I am exhausted caring about this. Watch the movie end sucking and all this trouble was for nothing.
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12:01PM on 08/13/2014
yet malaysia didn't complain when zoolander was supposed to kill the prime minister of malaysia
yet malaysia didn't complain when zoolander was supposed to kill the prime minister of malaysia
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2:01PM on 08/13/2014
Zoolander is banned in Malaysia.
Zoolander is banned in Malaysia.
8:28PM on 08/13/2014
It was also banned here in Singapore for a time, because we are Malaysia's neighbours just across the causeway.
It was also banned here in Singapore for a time, because we are Malaysia's neighbours just across the causeway.
11:49AM on 08/13/2014
I love the premise of this film. It may seem audacious at first but really, Kim Jong Un is as easy a parody target as they come.
I love the premise of this film. It may seem audacious at first but really, Kim Jong Un is as easy a parody target as they come.
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11:48AM on 08/13/2014
I guess North Korea is still pissed on how Team America depicted their former leader
waaaaahhhh..
I guess North Korea is still pissed on how Team America depicted their former leader
waaaaahhhh..
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11:42AM on 08/13/2014

Pussies.

This isn't like the Red Dawn remake where China owns our ass, so maybe we shouldn't try and piss them off.
Fuck em.
This isn't like the Red Dawn remake where China owns our ass, so maybe we shouldn't try and piss them off.
Fuck em.
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11:41AM on 08/13/2014
Aw boo fucking hoo. They might offend those poor wittle babies.
Aw boo fucking hoo. They might offend those poor wittle babies.
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11:40AM on 08/13/2014

What if things were reversed?

What if Middle East made a movie about killing George W Bush.It would be considered terrorism and extremism.
What if Middle East made a movie about killing George W Bush.It would be considered terrorism and extremism.
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11:55AM on 08/13/2014
I think if there were foreign films depicting the comedic and patriotic assassination of our president, it might get some harshly condemning words or a flippant dismissal from the White House Press Secretary, if that….Basically we don't care. It's item 27 trillion out of 27 trillion items the U.S. has to deal with.
I think if there were foreign films depicting the comedic and patriotic assassination of our president, it might get some harshly condemning words or a flippant dismissal from the White House Press Secretary, if that….Basically we don't care. It's item 27 trillion out of 27 trillion items the U.S. has to deal with.
11:35AM on 08/13/2014

WHY?!

No one in North Korea will ever see this film anyway.
No one in North Korea will ever see this film anyway.
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11:35AM on 08/13/2014
I say call their bluff. Fuck them. A movie is a movie. They want to go to war over that, let them. It would be rather funny in a way.
I say call their bluff. Fuck them. A movie is a movie. They want to go to war over that, let them. It would be rather funny in a way.
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