Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) and Dave Skylark (James Franco) are inside a tank in North Korea talking about Katy Perry and margaritas. They’re debating if drinking fruity margaritas and loving Katy Perry’s music means you’re gay. After saying the lines a few different ways, directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg call out a few new ways to say the dialogue and I erupt with laughter. And I’m not alone. The other reporters I’m with on the Vancouver set of The Interview are also laughing out loud. So much so that after the take ends, an assistant director comes in the room where we’re watching playback and says they can hear us laughing on set. While I’m sure they were mad at us for possibly ruining a take, I’m sure it made them happy to know they were making comedy gold. While I’ve done a lot of set visits, I’ve never laughed as much on a movie set as I did on The Interview. As a huge fan of what Rogen and Goldberg accomplished with their directorial debut, This is the End, I left Vancouver thinking they were making another home-run.
As most of you know from the red and green band trailers for the film, Franco plays a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), lands an interview with Kim Jong-un. But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader. Besides getting to watch the tank scene, I was able to speak with most of the cast during breaks in filming. From the on-set interviews, I’ve put together a list of 20 things to know about the film. Hit the jump to learn more about The Interview which arrives in theaters December 25.