James Franco, Seth Rogen, Kim Jong Un

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Kim Jong-un might be BFFs with Dennis Rodman, but it seems doubtful that the North Korean ruler will be joining in on James Franco and Seth Rogen's bromance at any point in the foreseeable future.

In the upcoming movie The Interview, James and Seth play two talk show hosts-turned-undercover agents ordered by the U.S. government to assassinate Mr. Kim. The foreign dictator himself will probably see the film, his spokesperson tells the U.K.'s Telegraph, and at least one of the film's stars isn't too worried about ticking off the nuclear weapons enthusiast.

"Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview," Seth tweeted Thursday, adding glibly, "I hope he likes it!"

Hm, well,  Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang, told the Telegraph, "There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society."

"A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine," he added. "And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy–Americans."

"In fact," he added, "President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the U.S. military wants to kill him as well."

Oy. Moving on, though, Kim Myong-chol said he prefers British films over Hollywood movies, claiming the latter are "full of assassinations and executions," adding, "James Bond is a good character and those films are much more enjoyable."

According to the Guardian, however, "the regime has a short memory, or at least has shown the good taste to ignore" 2002's Bond flick, Die Another Day. The Pierce Brosnan-helmed movie featured a plot about North Korean villains which the country's authorities reportedly described at the time as "dirty and cursed."

Guess we'll have to wait and see whether Kim Jong-un gives Seth and James' movie two thumbs up...or something else. The Interview hits theaters Oct. 10, 2014.

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