‘The Interview’ Being Edited So It Won’t Offend North Korean Government

By August 13, 2014

As soon as The Interview was announced, we knew it would be hilarious. How could it not be? Seth Rogen and James Franco play reporters who are contracted to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un – a guy who is currently in power. The balls of that premise alone made this a must-see for me, and when North Korean officials declared the movie to be “the most blatant act of terrorism and an act of war that we will never tolerate,” and that if the U.S. administration approved or endorsed the movie’s release, they would “take a decisive and merciless countermeasure,” it took the conversation of this film to an entirely different level.

The film was recently bumped back to a Christmas release date, and at the time of the move, it appeared that it was being shifted solely to capitalize on a different release timeframe, not because of any issues with the movie itself. But now THR reports that Sony Pictures has decided to edit the film to digitally alter thousands of buttons worn by North Korean soldiers in the movie, “because they depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military to honor the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, 31, and his late father, Kim Jong Il.” Apparently, showing these buttons would be considered blasphemous to the North Korean government.

The Interview faces

There’s also another scene which could be cut, but it’s very spoilery, so if you don’t want to know about it, turn away now. The scene in question involves Kim Jong Un’s face being “melted off graphically in slow motion.” That part could actually end up making the final cut, because the filmmakers are just trying to measure whether or not that particular scene is funny. The button thing is apparently a “clearance” issue, and even though the Sony parent company (based in Japan) reportedly isn’t putting any pressure on the filmmakers to cut anything, it seems as if altering the buttons is a choice that won’t really have a negative affect on the final film and would appease the government of an angry foreign nation, so I suppose it makes a certain amount of sense that they’d make that concession.

Either way, I’m still very excited to see The Interview when it arrives in theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the trailer below:

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