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Before Interviewgate: 5 Movies About Assassinating Real Leaders

‘The Interview’ had its release cancelled thanks to the fallout around its controversial plot, but it’s not the first film to target an actual head of state

Scene from 'The Interview.'

Kim-Jong-un (played by Randall Park in 'The Interview') is only the latest real-life world leader to be targeted for assassination in film

Ed Araquel

This past Wednesday, Sony Pictures canceled its planned Christmas Day release of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview, after a group of hackers threatened terrorist attacks on American movie theaters that booked the film. The comedy was always going to be controversial, given that its plot centers Rogen and Franco playing showbiz journalists who land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — and then become part of a plot to kill him.

But Sony's actions were unprecedented, given that Rogen and his fellow writer-director Evan Goldberg are hardly the first filmmakers to put an actual living (or very, very recently deceased) world leader into a fictional story about assassination. It's not a common premise, but it has been done, and usually without much of a public outcry. Here are five examples:

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