The Interview: Seth Rogen Never Sought To Make “A Controversial Movie”

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With news that Sony canceled The Interview and its wide release, it’s fascinating to go back and look at what star and co-director Seth Rogen had to say about the firestorm surrounding his film about two journalists who go to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong Un.

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"We did not set out to make a controversial movie. We did not think it was that controversial. We were not like, 'Let's make a movie that's controversial about North Korea,'" Rogen told USA Today.

As we explored in our The Interview review, the film is a comedic political farce, the likes of which we’ve seen before in other eras, such as Dr. Strangelove during the Cold War with Russia.

Rogen finds it interesting that a movie that focuses on a couple of guys who bond about their daddy issues (Un and Franco’s character) has become a political hot potato.

"Normally, when you go promote a movie, you talk about the movie. With this, it's not that. It's about the leaks and the hacking. It's a little bizarre in that regard. Everything you say can be a news story, potentially," Rogen said.

"I would have never predicted that (our movie) would be the one to draw this reaction on the grand scale of things.”

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The Interview Quotes

They hate us, ‘cause they ain’t us.

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Aaron Rapoport: Kim Jong-un wants to do an interview with Dave Skylark?
David Skylark: He’s a fan!
Aaron Rapoport: He’s the most reclusive leader on the planet!
David Skylark: We do this, everyone is going to take us super duper seriously!
Aaron Rapoport: Okay
David Skylark: We’re going to North Korea!

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