“The Interview”, the duo’s new film, due to be released on October 10, answers that question. The official trailer, released earlier this week, might offer insight into the matter as well, if you can’t wait.
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“Freaks and Geeks” alumni Seth Rogen and James Franco, who have also co-starred in the apocalyptic comedy “This is the End”, are teaming up yet again – this time, in order to assassinate North Korea’s notorious leader, Kim Jong-un.
“The Interview”, co-written and co-directed by Rogen and his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg, tells the story of a talk-show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who score an interview with the North Korean dictator. When they are asked by the CIA to kill their infamous interviewee, they show that they are the least qualified men ever for an assassination. The film is due to be released on October 10, and the official trailer has surfaced earlier this week.
“It’s our attempt to make our version of a big political spy thriller. But starring me and Franco”, Rogen told Indiewire. “It’s kind of the formula we always do which is we take a genre we like and add idiots to it. It’s like ‘This is the End’ is a horror movie with idiots in it and ‘Pineapple Express’ is an eighties action movie with idiots in it. So this is our ‘3 Days of the Condor’ with idiots in it. And Kim Jong-un is one of the main characters in the movie, which is something that I’m curious about how people will react to.”
“The thing at our company”, Goldberg adds, “is make it a little smarter than your last one, but also way dumber.”
The film also stars Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), another “Freaks and Geeks” alumnus, as a CIA agent.
On Wednesday, Rogen and Goldberg made a surprise appearance at Barcelona’s CineEurope event to support the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two strode onstage during Sony’s slate presentation to introduce an extended footage reel from the movie, with Rogen saying he hoped the film would unite audiences around the world because it had a globally recognized figure of hate in the shape of villain Jong-un. Rogen also drew a laugh and round of applause after joking that being Canadian meant he was in good company in Barcelona, when it came to poking fun at Americans.
Seth Rogen began a career in entertainment as a teenager, performing as a stand-up comedian, and eventually winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest in 1998.
Rogen left his native Vancouver to move to Los Angeles, where – after working on a few unsuccessful TV series – he began to pick up jobs as a staff writer, with his first major Hollywood success being nominated with other staff writers for an Emmy award for their work on the final season of the “Da Ali G Show”.
Apart from his attributes as an actor and screenwriter, Rogen is also a particularly talented voice actor having worked on the films “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Kung Fu Panda”, “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Paul”.
Evan Goldberg has known Seth Rogen since their childhood in Vancouver and first work with him when he officially joined the screenwriting crew for the “DA Ali G Show”.
Following on their success as screenwriters, Rogen and Goldberg went on to successfully collaborate on a number of films, including “Knocked Up”, “Superbad”, “Pineapple Express”, “Funny People”, “The Green Hornet” and most recently “This Is the End”, released in June 2013.
James Franco first came to the public’s attention when he played the role of Daniel Desario in Judd Apatow’s cult teen comedy-drama series “Freaks and Geeks”, alongside fellow-newcomer Seth Rogen. In 2001 he portrayed James Dean in a made for TV biopic on the life of the actor, a role for which he was awarded a Golden Globe. Franco’s television career continued with him landing a long-running role on “General Hospital”, one of ABC’s most successful soap operas.
Franco made a successful transition to the big screen, starring as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man trilogy between the years 2002–2007. He went on to appear in a number of box office successes, including “Pineapple Express” and “Milk”, both of which were released in 2008, “127 Hours” the following year, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in 2011, with 2013 proving to be his busiest year to date, appearing in three movies – “Oz the Great and Powerful”, “Spring Breakers”, and Rogen & Goldberg’s “This Is the End”.