In the wake of some provocative comments from representatives of the North Korean Government, Sony Pictures is making some minor cosmetic changes to its upcoming Seth Rogen-James Franco North Korea-set comedy “The Interview”.
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THR reports that the studio is digitally altering thousands of buttons worn by characters in the film. Said buttons depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military to honor their leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il and showcasing them is considered blasphemous.
The studio is also reportedly considering cutting a scene in which the face of Kim Jong Un (played by Randall Park) is melted off graphically in slow motion. However studio sources insist that Sony Japan isn’t exerting pressure to make said changes.
They also say the decision to alter the military hardware appearance in the film is precipitated by “clearance issues” because it involves a living person (Kim Jong Un).