Sony Pictures is making some changes to The Interview, an upcoming comedy film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say that the studio is digitally altering thousands of buttons worn by characters in the film because they depict the actual hardware worn by North Korean military to honour the country’s leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il.
Having these buttons showcased on film would be considered blasphemous to the nation. As well, a source close to Sony’s decision says the move to change the hardware was caused by “clearance issues,” particularly because Kim Jong Un is still alive.
The film, which will be in theatres on Christmas Day after it was bumped from its October release date, surrounds two television journalists who are sent by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Sources say the studio is also considering cutting a scene in which the face of Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is melted off graphically in slow motion.
Since the trailer’s release, the film has been met with a string of controversies, such as a complaint filed to the United Nations. But as there seems to be no plans to halt the movie from releasing, Rogen, who also co-wrote the film with his writing partner Evan Goldberg, doesn’t seem very worried about all the commotion surrounding the project.
After all, he recently tweeted this:
Apparently I’m giving mixed messages: pic.twitter.com/3LrTolJA3D
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 26, 2014