North Korea issued a statement Wednesday calling the new Seth Rogen/James Franco film "an act of war."

Well ... sure, those guys don't always make great movies, but ...

The hilarious/frightening statement was aimed at the film "The Interview," in which Rogen and Franco play TV journalists who score an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and then are ordered by the CIA to assassinate him.

In a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency, a foreign ministry spokesman called Rogen a "gangster filmmaker" and asked the United States to block the film, according to a report from the AFP.

"The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership ... is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable," the spokesman said, adding the U.S. faces a "resolute and merciless response" if it fails to ban the film.

Well, gosh, why didn't you say so? Here, take Hawaii ... just no more mean talk, OK, you guys?

Kim Myong-chol, an unofficial spokesman for the North Korean government, last week told U.K. publication The Telegraph, "There is a special irony in this story line as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society."

He is right. There is some irony floating around this story.

"A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine," he added. "And let us not forget who killed (President John F.) Kennedy -- Americans. In fact, President (Barack) Obama should be careful in case the U.S. military wants to kill him as well."

Obviously no one over there saw what the "South Park" guys did to the leader in "Team America: World Police," or we'd be a smoking, nuclear wasteland.

Well ... theoretically.

The U.S. government has not officially responded, likely because it's still too busy laughing.

"The Interview" is scheduled to be released Oct. 10 ... unless our President Obama wises up.

Tony Hicks provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Contact him at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.