Howard Stern interviewed the principal actors of The Interview, Seth Rogen and James Franco, last week. Stern started in typical outrageous fashion by saying the movie was originally called “Kill Kim Jong-un.” Stern then congratulated the two actors on getting the biggest amount of publicity possible for a movie. He followed that up by asking them “are you afraid for your lives?” Stern seemed respectful of Jong-un for three seconds, referring to him as “the supreme leader,” before saying, “we know he’s a little fat turd.”
Rogen went out of his way to say he wasn’t sure it was North Korea who executed the hack. James Franco tried to describe the broad Rogen film appeal. (Seth Rogen films, btw, have an average gross of $97,091,815!) Franco said “when I do comedies with Seth…it’s just like this movie–on one level they’re so stupid but on another level they’re actually really smart.” Howard Stern knows everything about this formula. He’s been practicing the dumb-but-actually-smart combination for years–as well or better than anybody else in show business.