'The Interview' actor Randall Park talks playing Kim Jong Un before Sony threats

Kim Jong Un Actor Speaks Out on Controversial Role
Kim Jong Un Actor Speaks Out on Controversial Role

Randall Park, the actor who played Kim Jong Un in 'The Interview' sat down with the Los Angeles Times and opened up about the controversial Sony film.

Accepting the role as the dictator was a risky move for Randall but he tells the Times he "thought it was insane but a great idea." The actor tested the concept out on his parents and got the go ahead.

"I was super-excited to do it, but I still felt a little nervous about it and I felt like my parents would be a good way for me to test if this was OK," the actor told the Los Angeles Times. "They're immigrants, and they understand what's going on over there a little better than me. As soon as I brought it up to them, they thought it was hilarious."

Not everyone thought it was so hilarious. Sony pulled the release of the film amid terrorist threats which came just days after the studio underwent a massive hack where countless documents, salaries and scandalous emails were leaked.

Sony released a statement expressing their distress over the incident. "We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

Randall Park sat down with the LA Times for the interview prior to the Sony leak and after which he wasn't allowed to comment further.

The film plot-line that caused all the trouble--and ruined all the fun--centers around James Franco and Seth Rogen going to interview and then secretly assassinate the leader of North Korea. Park didn't take the role on lightly - he spent time with friends in the Korean American community and says in he took his role very seriously.

"We're conscious of the community and we want to do right by it. We don't want to delve into stereotypes. Hopefully, people will like the show in the community and outside the community," Randall Park explained.

Unfortunately, no one in the community is going to see it. Along with yanking the theatrical release Sony also announced it wouldn't be releasing the film on demand.

Prior to the hacks and the controversy, Randall had high hopes, saying ,"I think it's a great movie and aside from the obvious stuff - like him getting killed - I think Kim might like it. I don't know. He's kind of a cool character, you know?"

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