Controversial film “The Interview”, which released after a long dispute between the US and North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong-un is caricatured in the film, also featured another controversial political element – the Israel-Palestine conflict.
A scene depicting leaders from the warring Middle East sides was eventually cut out from the film, in which the virtual Israeil and Palestinian leaders are seen ‘agreeing’ on a falafel, Israel’s YNet news reported.
The producers had shot a scene depicting the Israel-Palestine crisis, but later discarded it, the actors who enacted the scene revealed.
The Israeli prime minister was reportedly played by American actor Alan Blumenfeld, while American-Iranian actor David Diaan portrayed the Palestinian president.
In the deleted scene, the two leaders reportedly argue over the peace process between Israel and Palestinians on a TV show produced by Aaron Rapoport (played by Seth Rogen).
Finally, the two seem to set aside differences when the TV show host, played by James Franco, offers them a falafel, with both agreeing that the dish is good, according to Ynet, which spoke to Alan Blumenfeld and David Diaan.
“Our scene is really an add-on to the film. I think it is an idea to bring humor to a volatile situation and to propose a funny solution. The Israeli Prime Minister and the Palestinian President can agree that they love falafel and that mutual enjoyment could lead to peace,” Blumenfeld said.
The scene, however, was cut out, though the exact reason was not cited in the report.
“I was disappointed that the scene was cut, but it made sense. The scene was not an integral part of the plot,” Blumenfeld said, adding, that the scene however will be part of DVD extras.
“The Interview” created a massive controversy for being based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, which went on to affect its production house Sony Pictures, after hackers attacked computers and leaked sensitive data.
The United States had termed it a national security issue and had blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, with the latter reacting sharply to the accusations.
The movie was released in several theatres and on digital media on Christmas day after it was initially withdrawn by Sony.