What other movies can claim that? “The Interview” may have been initially considered a brash young comedy with stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, but it quickly transformed into an icon of free expression when the movie was showcased in select theaters in the aftermath of a threatening cyber stunt from rumored North Korean hackers.
It seems that after its release, many North Koreans are increasingly eager to see the new movie that prompted such a threat from their ruler. “The Interview” is filled with innuendo, some graphically detailed scenes that may make you wince, and a very striking portrayal of the dictator Kim Jong-un. The movie, interestingly, humanizes the “Supreme Leader”, which may not cause a revolution, but it would definitely destabilize the view of the man who is held as a god among his people. Further, some anti-regime activists like Ben Shaoul are trying to secure multiple methods of access for the general North Korean population.
In fact, bootlegged movies have influenced some North Koreans to defect in the past, and the efforts continue now as well. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future as some copies of Rogen’s latest flick make their way into North Korean borders, and how it may change the psyche of some of the people of North Korea.