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Jong-un Kim speaks English conversationally as portrayed in the film, having attended English-language schools in Switzerland for several years while a teenager.
A group of political activists in South Korea reportedly plans to purchase 100.000 copies of The Interview (2014) (with Korean subtitles) and drop DVDs and USB sticks containing the film with balloons over North Korean territory. It is illegal to watch this film (and other foreign media) in North Korea, but a black market exists and many citizens have private access to DVD players and other media players.
The line above the movie title translates as "Please do not believe these ignorant dishonorable Americans!".
On June 25, 2014, North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency condemned the film (without naming it), promising a "merciless" retaliation if the film is released. "Making and releasing a film on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated," KCNA said, citing a government spokesman.
This film marks the sixth collaboration with Seth Rogen and James Franco.
The mine shaft used in the movie is located in Vancouver, Canada, BC and is where Seth Rogen's father used to take him as a kid on weekends.
In one interview, Seth Rogen stated that he considered, among other unnamed actors, Matt Damon for the role of Dave Skylark before James Franco was cast. Also Brad Pitt was considered for a Role but he declined.
With all the support from politicans and celebrities such as George Clooney, Sean Penn, Michael Moore and even President Barack Obama, Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to release the film on the original release date (December 25th 2014) in select theatres and VOD.
The puppy is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Seth Rogen's dog Zelda plays the grown up version at the end.
During the "Eat the Steak" scene, Skylark is intentionally dressed like The Joker from Batman comics.
In late 2014, Sony Pictures was the victim of a major hack of their computer systems in which confidential corporate information and several unreleased complete movies were posted for public consumption. Among reams of other information, the budget for this movie was released, revealing (among other things) the film's total cost ($44 million) and the salaries of its stars (including $8.4 million for co-writer, co-director, and co-star Seth Rogen; $6.5 million for co-star James Franco; and $5,000 for Kevin Federline, who made a cameo appearance). There were also line items in the budget for $74,000 for two tigers, their handlers, and special "tiger accommodations," as well as $250 for a "table of weed, coke, pills and panties" (although only $241 of that was spent). The FBI announced it had credible evidence the hack was orchestrated by North Korea in retaliation for the film's storyline, which involves a plot to kill the real North Korean leader, a claim that was quickly denied by the North Korean government.
Seth Rogen and James Franco shot a parody of Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video on set during filming.
Randall Park gained 15 pounds and had his hair cut like Jong-un Kim in preparation for the role.
On December 17, 2014, the film was threatened by a group that calls themselves GOP (Guardians of Peace), the ones behind the Sony hacks. The threat mentioned attacks to any movie theaters that played this film. They also referenced 9/11 in their email. Theater chains like AMC and Regal pulled the film from release, in concern that their customers would not be safe. The next day, December 18, 2014, Sony Pictures announced they would not show the film, and pulled the film from its Christmas wide release date. Sony added they did not have plans to release the film on VOD or DVD. The movie was ultimately released to select theaters and bootleg websites on December 25th.
The opening logo for this film is not the usual, present Columbia Pictures logo, instead it's the 1960s Columbia that was used.
On December 23, 2014 Seth Rogen announced on Twitter that the film will be released, saying "The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!"
The song playing while Seth Rogen's character travels to China is by Taiwanese Singer/Actor Jay Chou who acted alongside Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet (2011).
Evan Goldberg came up with the idea back when Kim Jong-il ran the country.
On December 19th 2014, the FBI officially named the North Korean government as being responsible for the SONY hack a few weeks earlier.
The Russian text on the tank ("Pan ili propal") literally means "Lord or doomed", slavic saying with the meaning "All or Nothing".
Rob Lowe and Eminem both make cameos in this film. Actor Ben Schwartz who plays Eminem's producer, also works with Rob Lowe in the television show Parks and Recreation (2009).
The battle scene toward the end (referred to as the "Hitler in a bunker" scene by cast in crew) was shot in one day. "It was very complicated," according to Seth Rogen.
Two days after Sony announced the cancelation of The Interview (2014), it was announced that it will eventually be released on different platforms. Bittorrent has been expressing that they would love to be the one that distributes the film as a form of freedom of speech.
According to writer Dan Sterling, there was a scene involving Aaron getting his rectum inspected by guards and dogs, having the supply container replaced with salami.
After the final credits are over a picture appears of character Dave Skylark's deceased dog Digby with the phrase "Digby - In Dedication".
When Skylark leaves the restaurant in Pyongyang after Kim's threats, a large, triangular building is visible in the background. This is the Ryugyong Hotel. Construction began in 1987, but was halted with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the hotel remained incomplete and was branded "the worst building in the world". In recent years the exterior has been completed, and the opening is mooted.
The end credits song is a jazzy version of the song the kids are playing on the guitars earlier in the film written by Lyle Workman.
For a short while, this was rated with a perfect 10 out of 10. This was due to a number of online petitions to inflate the movie's rating as a protest to those who wished to censor it. However, this rating would not be enough to get it into the IMDb top 250 because the algorithm to calculate this takes many factors into account. After the theatrical and internet release the score dropped significantly.
Starting on Christmas Eve 2014, the film became available on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video, and the website seetheinterview.com.
Seth Meyers's cameo was shot during post-production since his talk show debuted months after the film's principal photography.
"The Interview" has been described as the first U.S.-made film dealing with an assassination attempt against a real-life world leader who was in power when the movie was made. It is not. In 1941 Fritz Lang, who had fled the Nazis when they took power in Germany, made "Man Hunt," about a British hunter (Walter Pidgeon) who attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. When that film was made the U.S. was not yet at war with Hitler's Germany.
The movie features a tank that was a gift to Kim Il Sung from Stalin. In fact, the Soviet T-34 tanks that were used to defeat the Japanese in northern Korea in World War Two became Kim Il Sung's property when Soviet troops left. They gave the Communists a decisive edge when war broke out, allowing the North to overrun most of the South.
On December 23, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas and Sony Pictures confirmed that they will be releasing the movie on Christmas day as planned, threats or no threats.
In Pineapple Express (2008), James Franco throws Seth Rogen's cell phone at a tree in an attempt to break it. He is successful in doing so in this film.
In the scene where the young afroed air force pilot sits down to fly the drone, he has a paused video game on the screen along with Vivid's web site.
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During the scene where Aaron and Dave are leaving North Korea the song "Winds of Change" by the German group The Scorpions is playing. This song was recorded in 1990 and was influenced by the anti communist revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989.
Seth Rogen's character, in the film, is named Aaron. In real life, Rogen's middle name is Aaron.
The scene, where the kids are playing their guitars, show a strong reference to a YouTube-video, where North Korean kids are playing almost the same way: too big guitars, smiles, excellent techniques and even the dress up. Kids are trained to perform for their Leader in an early age.
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The Jeeps used by the Korean People's Army near the end of the movie are Volkswagen Type 183 'Iltis', a vehicle which used to be in service with the armed forces of Belgium, Canada and Germany during the 1980's.
The crew came up with the storage closet joke on the spot as they were about to film.
The second exterior shot of the supposedly Chinese train shows a Swiss train: The livery of both engine and cars is clearly the same and the large double arrow logotype of the Swiss federal railways can also be recognized on the side of the engine despite the motion blur.
The second film directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.
The name of the puppy that Jong-un Kim gave to Dave named Digby was reference to Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973), the story of a giant sheepdog.
The aircraft (21.9 years old Boeing 747-400) Aaron flew to China for the first time carries a fictional livery which is similar with "Air China". Maybe the producers didn't get the permission to use Air China's image. They used the fictional "Zhangzhou Air" airliner name which is a misspell of "ZhengZhou Air". Zhengzhou is the city where Foxconn assemble iPhone for Apple.
The film became available to stream on Netflix before the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray
James Franco says "manga manga manga" which means "eat" in Italian. This is a reference to the movie Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975).
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Randall Park, the actor that portrays Jong-un Kim, is the actor from the Verizon commercial "Always There". He also had a small role in Neighbors (2014), also starring Seth Rogen.
On December 25th, 2014, The Interview (2014) was released on Google Play for rental (US$ 5.99) and purchase (US$ 14.99).
December 24, 2014 the movie was released via YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Live as well as Sony products, despite the controversy concerning the release of the movie and its story.
Lizzy Caplan played a small role in TV show 'Freaks and Geeks' (1999) alongside James Franco and Seth Rogen.
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Kim Jong-Un (played by Randall Park) isn't introduced until around the 50 minute mark.
Lizzy Caplan and James Franco also appear together in the film 127 Hours (2010) as brother and sister.
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James Franco's character's name in the movie is Dave Skylark. In real life, James has a younger brother named Dave (Dave Franco) who has also had a successful acting career.
Kim's favorite show was the Big Bang theory - besides Dave's show.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt:  In the scene with all the puppies.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Skylark's bonding with Jong-un Kim is based on former basketball player Dennis Rodman, who traveled to North Korea to host basketball exhibitions and befriended Jong-un.
The finale of the movie is completely foreshadowed by Dave Skylark (James Franco) early in the film when he's discussing his vision of how the assassination would go. He predicted that he would take a bullet in his bullet proof vest, they would escape into a secret tunnel, and eventually be brought home by "Seal team 6" on a zodiac, wrapped up in blankets. James Franco does the same thing in The End.
At the end of the movie, Dave names his tell-all "An Unexpected Journey." This is in homage to his love of The Lord Of The Rings/The Hobbit.
When Jong-un Kim is cursing in Korean after being told Skylark is alive, he says the Korean word for 'girl' (nyun) rather than the word for 'boy' (nom)
When Jong-un Kim's helicopter blows up in slow motion, it's a reference to Katy Perry's music video of "Firework", the song Dave and Kim listened to in the tank.

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