Comedy Movie Assassination? North Korea Is Not Laughing

December 15, 2014 5:29 PM

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Tokyo: When Sony Pictures began casting last year for a new comedy to be called "The Interview," early scripts included the assassination of a fictionalized North Korean ruler. It was not until auditions began that actors learned that the movie would portray something much more brazen: the violent killing of the actual leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.

Sony's executives now say they knew that basing a film on the assassination of a living national leader - even a ruthless dictator - had inherent risks. But the studio seems to have gotten much more than it bargained for by bankrolling what it hoped would be an edgy comedy.

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