[WSJ] ‘The Interview’: Comedy Gold in North Korea

November 26, 2014
"The Interview" poster.

“The Interview” poster.


Clowns behind enemy lines have always helped us fear evil empires a little bit less. Charlie Chaplin mocked the Nazis in the “The Great Dictator” (1940) and Jack Benny did, too, in “To Be or Not to Be” (1942). Bill Murray and Harold Ramis made mayhem behind the Iron Curtain in “Stripes” (1981). Now James Franco and Seth Rogen infiltrate North Korea and parody its leader Kim Jong Un in “The Interview.”

“For decades, people have used humor to enlighten political situations,” says Mr. Rogen, who also co-wrote and co-directed the movie with his longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. “I would say that was probably our fourth priority while making this movie.”