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    Dennis Rodman, a retired NBA basketball player, presented "Big Bang in Pyongyang," a documentary about North Korea and invited "The Interview" co-director Seth Rogen to Pyongyang.

    MOSCOW, January 27 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova — During the premier of his documentary "Big Bang in Pyongyang" Dennis Rodman expressed his doubts regarding the much-talked-about North Korea's hacking attack against Sony Pictures and invited "The Interview" co-director Seth Rogen to Pyongyang.

    "If the North wanted to hack anything in the world, anything in the world, really, they are going to go hack a movie? Really? North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can't see that happening," the retired NBA basketball African-American player told The Hollywood Reporter.

    "How many movies have there been attacking North Korea? And they never hacked those," Rodman noted.

    Rodman's "Big Bang in Pyongyang" has become an apparent attempt to open the door to understanding of the North Korean people and to debunk myths surrounding the unfairly demonized country. The documentary depicts the former basketball star's last trip to Pyongyang and his meeting with Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader.

    "This is the real North Korea, this is the real movie," Rodman stressed, not "The Interview."

    It's worth mentioning that Dennis Rodman has repeatedly visited the state since February 2013, facing harsh criticism for what his detractors labeled as "controversial basketball diplomacy." During his last visit, about a year ago, the basketball player congratulated Kim Jong Un on his birthday, surprising the Pyongyang crowd, as the exact date of North Korea's ruler birth has long been shrouded in secrecy.

    "People ask, ‘Why would you do that? Why would you go sit next to him. He’s a bad guy. To me, I was so surprised. He treated me very, very nicely, like one of the family, you know. And I'm not a hater. And one thing people don't understand, until you go to North Korea and actually see it, it's a whole different story," Rodman underscored.

    The retired African-American basketball star slammed "The Interview," a political satire comedy telling the story of Kim Jong Un's assassination."That ain't funny," he said.

    "I would have liked to have said to [Rogen], 'Let's go to North Korea and actually see it. See what's really going on. Then make your movie,'" Dennis Rodman said and added: "I would still [take Rogen] now. I would ask Seth and all those involved in the movie to go to North Korea with me. And then do an interview with me about the movie."


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