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Activist plans to fly copies of The Interview into North Korea by balloon

Seth Rogen's controversial new comedy about the fictional assassination of Asian leader Kim Jong Un is to be screened in his native North Korea if a defector gets his way.

Activist Park Sang-Hak has revealed he is planning to fly copies of the film, in which Rogen and James Franco play hapless TV journalists assigned to kill the North Korean leader, into the country using balloons.


Cyber threats from a group linked to North Korea prompted Sony Pictures bosses to cancel the Christmas Day (25Dec14) release of the film in America, but they changed their minds and rushed copies of the comedy to independent cinemas on 23 December (14).


As a result, the movie had a healthy Christmas box office launch in the U.S., despite a critical blast from film reviewers.


And now, Park Sang-Hak has announced plans to send 100,000 copies of the film on DVD and USB sticks into North Korea using helium balloons.


He tells the AFP news agency, "Probably the first launch will be made in late January if weather conditions allow."