I’ve written before about how James Franco’s “The Interview” could be the first film to be explicitly anti-Donald Trump.
The film, which follows the fictional plot of a North Korean defector who discovers a trove of documents revealing the government’s involvement in the assassination of his mentor Kim Jong Un, was released this week, but the film is already drawing comparisons to Trump’s presidency.
As the director of a film that’s supposed to make fun of the Trump administration, Franco was understandably upset about the criticism of his film.
“It’s a very strange and divisive film,” he said.
“There are a lot of things that are not fair to the president, but it’s still about what he does.”
In addition to the movie’s anti-government sentiment, Franco pointed to the film’s casting of Seth Rogen and James Franco, as well as the fact that it was made with money from the North Korean government.
Franco, who was not present during the assassination attempt, said that the assassination was staged by the U.S. government to create chaos in the country.
“It’s very, very hard to explain to a person what it’s like to be in a situation like that,” he explained.
“That’s the thing about it.
It’s very difficult to explain it to somebody.”
In an interview with The Verge, Franco acknowledged that his film is a parody, but he also explained that it doesn’t mean the film isn’t satirical:”This is not satire.
It is a satire of the way things are, and I think that the way people see the world is very different from what the world as a whole sees, which is to say, a lot more polarized,” Franco said.
Franco added that he would be open to hearing criticism of the film in the future.
“I would be interested to see what criticism the critics would have, if they ever did get to see the film.”
For more on “The Americans,” check out the latest episode of The Verge’s podcast.