North Korea is calling the upcoming comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen an “an act of war.”
In the film, Franco plays a talk show host and Rogen his producer. They are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s boy dictator Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-un's father was mocked in movies like Team America: World Police. The latest movie is being released in October. The North Korean leader has promised "merciless retaliation” unless the movie is shelved.
Franco didn't want to talk about the controversy when photographers caught up with him in Manhattan.
A photographer asked Franco as he was signing autographs for fans, "What do you think of Kim Jong-un saying your movie is an 'Act of war?'"
An angry Franco said, "If the paparazzi are here, I am going to leave!"
Rogen took to Twitter cracking wise: “People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it.”
INSIDE EDITION spoke to John Dantzler-Wolfe who organizes trips to North Korea for tourists and businesspeople. He said, "The rhetoric is blustery. It is just one more thing on top of an already strained history."