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In case you haven't noticed, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's new comedy The Interview has caused a bit of a controversy. Because of the film's taboo subject matter involving the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, hackers have invaded Sony Pictures' computer network and released all kinds of information and data. But have these events led to any second thoughts on Rogen's behalf? According to the director/actor, it's a bit too late in the process for that, and he remains proud of the final product.
Along with his The Interview co-star James Franco, Seth Rogen was recently a guest on Good Morning America, and it was while on the show that he discussed his feelings about everything that has been going on in the past few weeks. He stressed that there was never any intention to make an outwardly controversial movie - just a "really funny, entertaining" one - and noted that he can't really be having any second thoughts at this point in the timeline. Said Rogen,
"At this point, it's too late to have any really…I like the movie. I can't, in my head, over connect it with everything surrounding it."
While he doesn't necessarily have any regrets about making The Interview, one thing that does certainly interest Rogen is what North Korean citizens would actually think of the movie. Because of the country's strict government, there is no way that the film will ever be shown in the country - and it's been reported that the feature won't even be releasing anywhere in Asia - but Rogen still believes that the people of the nation would actually like it. He explained to the interviewer,
"I wonder what a North Korean citizen would think of the movie. I mean, in the movie, we go to great lengths to separate the regime that rules North Korea with the North Korean people, themselves, and they are not bad, they are the victims of a horrible situation. Part of me thinks that they themselves would really enjoy the movie. Maybe. Who knows? I wonder if we'll ever find out."
Despite everything that has happened, Sony Pictures reportedly has no plans to change their release schedule for The Interview, and the film is still on target to be release on Christmas Day. In the movie, James Franco and Seth Rogen star as a celebrity talk show host and a producer, respectively, who are invited by Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) to travel to North Korea and interview him. When the CIA gets word of this, they enlist the two men as assassins assigned to take out the Korean dictator. Dan Sterling wrote the script based on a story he developed with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and the movie also stars Lizzy Caplan and Diana Bang.