If it comes to World War III, we have Seth Rogen and James Franco to blame.
The pair's upcoming movie The Interview, in which they play a news team whose interview with Kim Jong-un is secretly an assassination plot, was met with displeasure from North Korean authorities. Now it's being met with a whole lot worse.
"Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated," a spokesman told KCNA, the state news agency. "If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken."
No sense of humor: While Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il, was apparently a movie buff — he loved James Bond, Rambo and Friday the 13th — the country made no comment after South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Team America: World Police featured the supreme leader as its cartoonish villain. (North Korea may have pushed the Czech Republic to ban the film; the Czech Republic declined.)
It's unclear if Kim Jong-un shares his father's taste in movies, but he definitely appreciates at least one aspect of American culture: basketball. He "spent hours doing meticulous pencil drawings of Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan" as a child, according the the Washington Post, and received Dennis Rodman for a much-publicized visit in January.
Their own problems: North Korea is currently experiencing its worst drought in more than 30 years, with some regions going months without rainfall.
That's a huge blow to the country's agriculture industry. Soldiers in the massive North Korean army have even been dispatched to help direct water to fields and rice paddies. In the '90s, a famine that came as a result of flooding and drought may have killed millions of citizens.
Even with the regime's history of human rights abuses, it seems like Kim Jong-un may be a little too busy dealing with a drought to launch a war over a comedy movie. After all, there are meteorologists to yell at.