Dennis Rodman Slams The Interview, Invites Seth Rogen To North Korea
Dennis Rodman is inviting Seth Rogen to go to North Korea with him. In his first in-depth interview on Rogen’s controversial film The Interview and the Sony hacking scandal, the former NBA star suggests the actor screwed up by making a movie about a country he’s never stepped foot in.
Recalling when he first found out about the project, Rodman tells The Hollywood Reporter that his reaction was, “They’re doing a movie about North Korea and it’s a comedy. And I went, ‘cool, cool cool.'” But “the next thing you know, I’m seeing some of the pieces, and he wants to go kill [Kim Jong-un]? That ain’t funny. That is not funny,” he says.
Rodman, who has become an unlikely friend of Kim Jong-un thanks to a mutual love of basketball, has made a few high-profile trips to North Korea. He claims Rogen’s reps reached out to him in 2013 to participate in the project, but when Rodman’s camp responded when he returned from the Asian country, they were reportedly told it was too late. “I would have liked to have said to [Rogen], ‘Let’s go to North Korea and actually see it. See what’s really going on. Then make your movie,” he tells THR. “I would still [take Rogen] now. I would ask Seth and all those involved in the movie to go to North Korea with me. And then do an interview with me about the movie.”
The athlete says he does not believe North Korea was behind the massive cyber attack on Sony that nearly derailed the film’s release. He says to the outlet incredulously, “If the North wanted to hack anything in the world, anything in the world, really, they are going to go hack a movie? Really?!” He went on, “How many movies have there been attacking North Korea? And they never hacked those. North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can’t see that happening. Of all the companies…really? Over a movie?!”
Rodman’s documentary about his time in North Korea, Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang, premieres at the Slamdance Film Festival on Sunday. “This is the real North Korea, this is the real movie,” he says of his film, though he admittedly hasn’t seen The Interview. Reflecting on his relationship with the controversial North Korean leader, Rodman tells the outlet, “People ask, ‘Why would you do that? Why would you go sit next to him. He’s a bad guy.’ To me, I was so surprised. He treated me very, very nicely, like one of the family, you know.”
“And I’m not a hater. I don’t care what you do in the world. If you treat me nice, I’m good,” says the star. “And one thing people don’t understand, until you go to North Korea and actually see it, it’s a whole different story.” What do you think of Rodman’s interview?