Former-NBA player Dennis Rodman holds a news conference in New York on September 9, 2013 to discuss his recent trip to North Korea. Rodman said that he will put together a ‘basketball diplomacy’ event involving players from North Korea. The event will be sponsored by the Irish online betting company Paddy Power. At the news conference, he called Kim Jong Un, ruler of the repressive state, a ‘very good guy.’ AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Dennis Rodman doesn’t believe that the hack of Sony Pictures was caused by North Korea in response to The Interview, despite what the government may say, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The former flamboyant bad boy of the NBA addressed the controversy on the eve of the premiere of his Slamdance documentary, Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang In Pyongyang, which chronicles his time in the communist country and meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
“If the North wanted to hack anything in the world, anything in the world, really, they are going to go hack a movie? Really?!” Rodman says to The Hollywood Reporter. “How many movies have there been attacking North Korea? And they never hacked those. North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can’t see that happening,” he says.
Furhter, Rodman took pause with the fact that Jong Un was assassinated in The Interview.
“They’re doing a movie about North Korea and it’s a comedy. And I went cool, cool cool. The next thing you know, I’m seeing some of the pieces, and he wants to go kill this guy? That ain’t funny. That is not funny,” Rodman recalled.
According to THR, Rodman considers himself something of a North Korea expert, since he is one of the few Americans who have traveled there with the cooperation of the regime. He began his travels there in in Feb. 2013, under what he considers “basketball diplomacy” – and got quite a bit of blowback for it.
“This is the real North Korea, this is the real movie,” he tells THR of Big Bang. He also talks about how he was impressed by Jong Un.
“To see a guy like that , this 5-foot 2 or 5-foot 1 guy, have that much power, in a country like that, and see people get emotional, crying, twenty thousand of them clapping, it was so surreal. It blew my mind,” he says.
And he says he really has no problem with him — one bad boy to another.
“People ask, ‘Why would you do that? Why would you go sit next to him. He’s a bad guy,'” Rodman says. “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. I don’t care what you do in the world. If you treat me nice, I’m good. And one thing people don’t understand, until you go to North Korea and actually see it, it’s a whole different story.”