Watch James Franco Troll Nicki Minaj In This VMA Promo

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James Franco and Seth Rogen's upcoming spy romp, The Interview, is already one of the most talked- about films of the year. That's going to happen whenever a real life dictator threatens "merciless" retaliation over a couple rolls of celluloid.

But, the highly publicized controversy over The Interview hasn't stopped the promotional train from chugging along, full steam ahead.

In the film, Rogen and Franco play Aaron Rapoport and Dave Skylark, a pair of bozo TV hosts who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un. You can see why the guy's a bit irked.

Sony, the studio behind the film, delayed its release until Christmas, presumably to make some war-averting changes to one of the film's most insane sequences. Until then, this tease of Franco in character trolling pop stars ahead of next weekend's VMAs will have to suffice.

And, if watching the actor play dumb with Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, and Jason Derulo isn't enough to whet your appetite, fear not. Rogen and Franco will tape a full 30 minute special as their characters, which is set to air on Sunday August 17 at 9 p.m.

Watch Franco confound some famous people below.