Dennis Rodman doesn’t believe the U.S. government. That’s not such a surprising sentence, but in regards to the recent Sony hacking scandal, which was apparently caused by North Korea, Rodman thinks it’s completely bologna. The former NBA player was unimpressed by The Interview and especially Seth Rogen (who Rodman wants to take to North Korea) and doesn’t believe North Korea had anything to do with the hack.
Rodman was in attendance at Sundance this week for the premiere of his Slamdance documentary Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang. The documentary chronicles his travels to North Korea and time spent with Kim Jong Un. With his own connection to the supreme leader, Rodman was first excited for the Seth Rogen and James Franco flick. That was until he saw it. He told The Hollywood Reporter:
"They're doing a movie about North Korea and it's a comedy. And I went cool, cool cool. The next thing you know, I'm seeing some of the pieces, and he wants to go kill this guy? That ain't funny. That is not funny."
Rodman deems himself an expert on North Korea, since he is one of very few Americans to actually spend time in the country, and interact intimately with Kim Jong Un. He told THR that Seth Rogen’s associates reached out to him during the production of the film, he was not sure whether it was for a cameo or for consultation, but Rodman was in the middle of putting together his own trip to the country, and could not help. Rodman wishes he could have taken Rogen to North Korea, to show him "what’s really going on" and then he could make a ‘more realistic’ film. But alas, Rodman was just too late.
The basketball player arguably lives in his own world. And North Korea, a country known for its human rights violations, is far from perfect. But, if Kim Jong Un is as manipulative as The Interview portrayed him as, then who knows. Maybe Rodman has to say things like this:
"People ask, ‘Why would you do that? Why would you go sit next to him. He’s a bad guy. To me, I was so surprised. He treated me very, very nicely, like one of the family, you know. And I’m not a hater. I don't care what you do in the world. If you treat me nice, I’m good. And one thing people don't’ understand, until you go to North Korea and actually see it, it’s a whole different story."
Sounds like an eerily similar situation to James Franco’s character, Dave Skylark, in the first half of the film (before he realizes the dictator’s niceties are hiding the big picture). Rodman’s documentary recounts his last visit to North Korea with a team of basketball players. The film is directed by Colin Offland and premieres today.