One week removed from Sony Pictures pushing its controversial comedy The Interview from October 10 to December 25, the studio is making a few minor changes to the film, in hopes of easing tensions rising from North Korea.
Sony will digitally alter thousands of buttons worn by cast members, because they depict actual hardware worn by the North Korean army to honor their leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il. Showing these military decorations would be considered "blasphemous" in North Korea, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedy follows a popular American talk-show host (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) who learn that Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is a big fan of their show. They make plans to interview the dictator in North Korea, when the CIA tasks them with actually assassinating him.
Sources reveal the studio is also considering cutting a scene where the dictator's face is melted off in slow-motion through CGI. The buttons are being removed due to "clearance issues," while the filmmakers are still trying to determine if the face-melting scene is funny enough to stay in the movie or not. Insiders have stressed that there has not been any pressure from Sony Pictures' parent company Sony Japan to alter the movie, since Japan and North Korea have recently taken steps to ease tension between both countries.
The Interview has courted controversy for months, with Kim Jong Un issuing a statement in June denouncing the movie, while a North Korean U.N. Ambassador declared the film is an "act of war." An unofficial spokesperson for North Korea actually went so far as demanding that President Barack Obama halt the release of this upcoming comedy.