The Interview was written by Evan Goldberg, Dan Sterling, and Seth Rogen, and while the movie did include cameos from celebrities such Eminem and Guy Fieri …

To write the story, co-written with Daily Show writer Dan Sterling, they researched meticulously by reading non-fiction books and watching video footage about North Korea. An offbeat drama focused on a homeless youth, a pop music siren and a member of the paparazzi. Sony released a statement saying that the company "is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment ... Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.

During the internationally televised interview with Kim, Skylark addresses increasingly sensitive topics (including the country's food shortage issues and economic sanctions imposed by the US) and challenges Kim's need for his father's approval. Sienna Miller plays the actress Katya and delivers an outstanding performance; by far, the best of her career. "[91], Scott Foundas of Variety panned the film as "cinematic waterboarding" and "about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted", but praised the performances of Randall Park and Diana Bang. [27] Shortly before the planned release of the film on December 25, 2014, screenwriter Dan Sterling told Creative Screenwriting: "I couldn't believe that the most infamous man in the world knew about my script – but most importantly, I would never want something I wrote to lead to some kind of humanitarian disaster. [21] There are hundreds of visual effects in the film; a crowd scene at the Pyongyang airport, for example, was digitally manipulated with a shot from 22 Jump Street. [29], On November 24, 2014, an anonymous group identifying themselves as the "Guardians of Peace" hacked the computer networks of Columbia Pictures's parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment. We cannot have a society in which some dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States. Shortly after moviegoers witnessed Eminem’s cameo in the movie The Interview (released in late 2014), rumors began circulating about the authenticity of comments the rap star made during the course of an interview included in that film.

[67][68], Sony released The Interview for rental or purchase in the United States through the streaming services Google Play, Xbox Video, and YouTube on December 24, 2014. In December 2014, South Korean singer Yoon Mi-rae revealed that the film used her song "Pay Day" without permission, and that she was taking legal action. Bennett expressed his view that "the only resolution I can see to the North Korean nuclear and other threats is for the North Korean government to eventually go away", which he felt would be likeliest to occur following an assassination of Kim. Lynton replied that a senior figure in the United States Department of State agreed. She's the breadwinner, working as makeup artist. The next morning, Skylark feels guilty and discards one of the ricin strips, then thwarts Rapaport's attempt to poison Kim with the second strip.

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Skylark carries the ricin strip hidden inside a pack of gum. [95] Bennett contacted the Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, a personal friend of his, who "took the standard government approach: we don't tell industry what to do". One could arrive at this conclusion through various aspects of the movie’s plot (e.g., the tabloid show Skylark Tonight doesn’t exist, Kim Jong-Un was not assassinated by Seth Rogen and James Franco), but one could also discern the truth simply by watching the film’s end credits, which noted: This is a work of fiction. Caplan signed on to play Agent Lacey, a CIA agent who tries to get Franco's character to assassinate the Korean prime minister. Cast. Development resumed when Rogen and Goldberg realized that Jong-un is closer to their own age, which they felt would be more humorous. ): Huge Limited Debuts for 'American Sniper,' 'Selma, "Sony: 'The Interview' Has Made Over $15 Million Online", The Year's top-selling movie on YouTube, Google Play, "Sony's 'The Interview' to get 'freedom edition' home video release", "The Interview review: stoned, anally fixated – and funny", "Memo to Kim Jong-un: Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard", "Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in 'The Interview, "Daily Press Briefing - December 17, 2014", "Ευαγγελάτος και Alpha παρουσιάζουν σκηνή κωμικής ταινίας για τη Β.Κορέα ως πραγματική", "Ο Νίκος Ευαγγελάτος ζητά συγγνώμη για την γκάφα: Κάναμε λάθος", "Η… απολογία Σρόιτερ για το ρεπορτάζ με το κοριτσάκι από τη Βόρεια Κορέα",, Films about the Central Intelligence Agency, Mass media-related controversies in the United States, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles containing potentially dated statements from July 2015, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 11:50. [71] TorrentFreak estimated that The Interview had been downloaded illegally via torrents at least 1.5 million times in just two days. Raf uses every free minute he gets to tinker ... See full summary ».

Skylark then regroups with Rapaport and Sook-yin to escape the presidential palace with the puppy in tow. Looking for something to watch? Was Eminem’s Interview in ‘The Interview’ Real. Is friendship or more in the offing? After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress. The Interview was written by Evan Goldberg, Dan Sterling, and Seth Rogen, and while the movie did include cameos from celebrities such Eminem and Guy Fieri playing themselves, the events that took place in the film were completely fictional.