The Interview (2015)


Interview PSo, congratulations on completing The Interview. We’ve heard all sorts of stories hovering over its production. What’s it about?

Well, it’s a comedy. Kinda like a buddy comedy, you know, a bromance. We wanted to do something we’ve never done before. We’re boundary-pushers.

So it’s a comedy about two good friends. Isn’t that like Superbad, or Pineapple Express, or even This Is The End?

What? Of course not! This is different. James and I are like undercover spies here. A bit like James Bond, but without the suits, gadgets, cars, or wits. We’ve even gone a step further and made our villain an actual guy.

You mean Kim Jong-Un? Don’t you think that’d be controversial though, positioning a real world leader in the middle of a satirical comedy?

Nah, we’ve got our bases covered. Besides, it worked for Stiller and Zoolander. Randall Park will play Kim. He’s cool. And we’ve seen him in other stuff; he’s got what it takes. We gave him a dorky haircut, sure, but we made sure he didn’t look much like the real Kim. Plus, Kim’s got a sense of humour. Don’t you know? There’s no internet in Korea. That’s pretty funny.

Wouldn’t it be easier, and probably of better taste, to just create a fictional villain in a fictional land? That way you could draw parallels to North Korea without really dropping names or pointing fingers.

Um. The movie’s already been made.

So what exactly happens in this movie? Give us some details.

Well, James is Dave Skylark, a famous talk show host. He’s in with a lot of the celebrities, you know, Rob Lowe, Nicki Minaj, Eminem. I play his producer, Aaron, and we’ve been at it for ten years. Suddenly, news comes in that Kim Jong-Un of f*cking North Korea wants to blow up the world, and that he’s a big fan of our show!

Wait, he watches American TV?

Hell yeah, he does! He listens to Katy Perry too. So we decide to interview him. This will make the show big.

But you’ve just celebrated your tenth year.

Well, bigger.


We go over to North Korea and there’s this sexy babe who’s in charge of Kim’s propaganda. She’s real sexy. A bit disillusioned, but definitely sexy. I like getting the sexy ones to compliment my flab. Pretty neat, right?

Not really.

Before we leave for Korea we’re approached by the CIA, who wants us to use the interview as an opportunity to kill the supreme leader. They invent this chewing gum-looking device that sticks to your palm and kills via handshake. It’s the kind of thing Bond would have. I use…

Okay stop. We don’t want to give too much away. I’m assuming the assassination fails, otherwise we might suffer a Korean invasion, or obliteration. Tell us about the humour!

We’re a bit confused about that. We thought we had it pinpointed in the screenwriting phase, but watching the final cut we’ve realised we swung for the fences and scored nothing but a foul ball. I mean, it’s funny, in some parts. Americans will like it.

What about Koreans?

They don’t watch our movies.

Wait, so you mean your comedy’s not really a comedy?

Oh, no, it’s a comedy all right. We’ve got heaps of ass, poop, and fart jokes. At one point I have to stick a giant metallic capsule up my butt. But don’t worry! It comes out clean.

Haven’t those kind of jokes been overdone?

Not in my book.

So, given all this sensitive material, do you expect there to be any kind of backlash? I mean, I don’t expect Kim Jong-Un to be too pleased about you and James trying to kill him.

What did I say about Zoolander? Nothing happened then, did it? Nothing will happen now. We did our research. The Interview is in strictest taste. You’ll have a blast, I’m sure.

Yes, I’m sure too. I just know not to go prodding around for a rattlesnake when I know what it can do.

What do you mean?

Thanks for your time! We look forward to a wide release. Anything else you want to say before we end?

Sayonara! Wait, that’s not Korean, is it.


Best Moment | Eminem.

Worst Moment | Hard to pick one. There are so many.

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