Edward Snowden Joins Oliver Stone and 'Snowden' Cast Via Video Chat at Private Film Screening
By Zach Seemayer
Edward Snowden may be persona non grata in the United States, but that didn't keep the CIA whistleblower from video conferencing in for a Q&A after a private screening of the new biopic about his life at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday.
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The 33-year-old computer expert, who gained notoriety when he leaked classified documents detailing the U.S. government's domestic surveillance programs, called in via Google Hangouts to answer questions about the Oliver Stone-directed film, Snowden.
The former CIA employee fled America after absconding with the intel, which he later leaked to the New York Times, and eventually made his way to Russia, where he felt he was safe from the long arm of the U.S. government.
Snowden still resides in Moscow, where he lives with his girlfriend, and revealed during the Q&A, "I actually live a relatively free life."
Before the private screening, the cast and creator sat down for a panel discussion in Hall H, where Gordon-Levitt talked about traveling to Moscow to meet Snowden face-to-face.
"He's very polite. I think that's actually pretty charming. He's like an old-fashioned gentleman in that way. Really warm. He's an optimist," the 35-year-old actor recounted.
"It was very foreign to me to play someone who is real, because not only am I trying to feel truthful and grounded in the dialogue that Oliver [Stone] and Kieran Fitzgerald, the writers of the film, created, but I'm also trying to pay homage to a living, breathing woman, without knowing that woman," Woodley admitted. Check out the video below to hear more.