San Diego Comic-Con launched yesterday, and amongst the day a single festivities were a screening and panel discussion of the new massive-screen vehicle for everybody’s favorite comic book hero, Edward Snowden. (Wait, what?) Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt – apparently now your go-to guy for biopics about people they’ve currently created completely very good documentaries about – as the NSA whistleblower, beneath the path of Oliver Stone. And following the film’s screening at SDCC final night, Stone, Gordon-Levitt, and co-star Shailene Woodley had been joined by a surprise guest: Snowden himself.
He didn’t show up in person, of course the fugitive analyst is in hiding in Russia. But he was piped in by means of Google Hangout, aware that even that work-about is a sticky wicket. “The FBI really gets a copy of this talk due to the fact we’re going by means of Google Hangouts,” he mused, according to Deadline. “The information is there for the taking.”
It is the newest step in a process that’s been somewhat surreal for Snowden. “I do not feel anybody looks forward to getting a film made about themselves, specially a person who’s a privacy activist,” he noted. “But what I can say is some of my family members say, ‘He sounds just like you.’… If he can pass the family members test, he’s undertaking all correct.”
Snowden is out September 16th.