The following story contains very mild spoilers for Oliver Stone's upcoming drama Snowden. You have been warned.
Later this year, you will get the opportunity to see a dramatization of the Edward Snowden saga, as filtered through the unique perspective of Oliver Stone. This is not a Snowden review, as we are embargoed for the next few weeks, but rather a very interesting story about a special cameo in the film, and how it came to pass. I'll even hide it beneath this image of Snowden star Joseph Gordon Levitt, playing the title character.
For two-plus hours, audiences will be mesmerized by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's transformation into Edward Snowden, government agent turned whistleblower who now lives in exile after exposing programs used by our own government to spy on the world's citizens. You will become so engrossed in Gordon-Levitt's portrayal that it'll be stunning when, in a bit of camera trickery, the REAL Edward Snowden shows up in a scene that begins with Gordon-Levitt in the role, and gracefully transitions into the actual Snowden. The mind reels with questions. Why did Oliver Stone do this? Did he actually go to Moscow, where Snowden resides, to shoot this scene?
Thankfully, as part of a special Snowden screening in San Diego, Edward Snowden participated in a live Q-and-A via satellite from Moscow and answered questions alongside Stone, Gordon-Levitt and co-star Shailene Woodley. And he opened up about the creation of this eye-catching scene, explaining:
Does Oliver Stone agree? He took the baton from Snowden and elaborated:
Here's a shot of Edward Snowden, live via Moscow following the screening in Comic-Con.
See how this scene plays for yourself when Oliver Stone's Snowden opens in theaters on September 16.