Seth Rogen and James Franco: Kim Jong Un, Nudity, and Kanye West

The hilarious comedic duo sit down with Howard to discuss "The Interview" and having their lives threatened

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Both Seth Rogen and James Franco have been frequent (and great) Stern Show guests in recent years, but we've never had them on together until December of 2014.

The modern day Abbott and Costello stopped by to promote their latest – and most controversial – joint film effort, "The Interview" which is about killing North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Both Howard and Gary Dell'Abate saw the movie and loved it and Howard was anxious to talk to the boys about the insane controversy swirling around their comedy.


Seth co-wrote this movie and he spoke about last time he was on the show. The movie centers around a Billy Bush-style celebrity interviewer (played by Franco) who happens to capture the interest of North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Mr. Un wants Franco to fly to North Korea to interview him, but the CIA has other ideas – they want James to assassinate the dictator.

Let's just say North Korea was not thrilled. They called it "an act of war" and possibly hacked into Sony's system, resulting in leaks of sensitive emails and other media.

Both Seth and James seemed to take all this in stride, even laughing at the ridiculousness of a comedy film causing an international incident.

Seth agreed with Howard that the leak of private emails was an invasion of privacy. Part of the leak detailed both Seth and James' salaries for "The Interview" - Seth made $8.4 million and James made $6.5 million. Seth admitted this was accurate and credited his producer/director/writer role with netting him the extra $2 million.

Howard asked if either guy had ever been nude onscreen or seen each other's penis. The answer was no, but Seth revealed that he was about seven inches (though he later joked he was measuring from his ass). Both Howard and James were amazed by this news, and James admitted he does quite have Seth's size.

Finally, Howard heard a story about Kanye West performing his new album for Seth in his car and it turned out to be completely true. Seth was planning on eating a quiet dessert with his wife when Kanye approached him in his hotel lobby. Seth and James had just made their legendary "Bound 3" parody video (a sendup of Kanye and Kim Kardashian's original music video) so he was nervous that Kanye would be offended. Kanye wasn't upset and he even invited Seth and his wife to step into his limo to hear his new tracks.

When the beats started playing, Kanye started rapping. It sounded like he got through at least a big chunk of his still-unreleased album. Howard asked what Seth did while sitting in a car with Kanye and watching him rap. He replied, "You fucking bob your head!"

Don't miss Seth and James' new movie "The Interview."