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  • 14 August 2014, 11:29

Rogen Film Edited To Avoid North Korea Row

Seth Rogen and James Franco's upcoming film The Interview is reportedly being edited by Sony Pictures to avoid causing more controversy in North Korea.

Creators of the Hollywood comedy are reportedly amending scenes which could be seen as offensive by North Koreans and its leader Kim Jong-un, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The site says the studio is considering cutting a graphic scene which shows Mr Kim's face melting off in slow motion.

It also quotes sources who say that thousands of buttons worn by the film's characters are being digitally altered because they depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military to honour the country's leader, and his late father, Kim Jong-il.

The Interview sees the actors playing two tabloid TV journalists who land an interview with Mr Kim in Pyongyang but are then tasked by the CIA with killing him.

Korean-American actor Randall Park plays Mr Kim.

The move by Sony comes after the North Korean capital said the release of the film was an "act of war".

The government threatened the US with a "resolute and merciless response" unless the authorities move to ban the film.

Rogen, who directed the film with Evan Goldberg, tweeted at the time: "People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!"

The US release date for The Interview has been pushed back from October to the prime date of December 25.

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