By Saher Khalil, Larry King Now
Today marks the release of the final trailer for the film Snowden. Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, the film is based on the true events that occurred in 2013 causing the famed whistleblower to release classified information from the NSA.
The NSA employed Snowden when he discovered that they were illegally running global surveillance programs that were being used against innocent American citizens. After leaking the information, Snowden was forced to flea the country and is now residing in Moscow, Russia. He's now considered a hero by some and a traitor by others.
Oliver Stone recently told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that, because of the controversial subject of his film, he chose to shoot the film overseas in Germany instead of in the U.S.
“We moved to Germany, because we did not feel comfortable in the U.S.,” Stone said. "We felt like we were at risk here. We didn’t know what the NSA might do, so we ended up in Munich, which was a beautiful experience.”
Stone also said that he met with Snowden “many times” over the span of a year and most recently to show him the finished film.
“He’s a night owl, and he’s always in touch [with the outside world], and he’s working on some kind of constitution for the Internet with other people,” Stone said. “So he’s very busy. And he stays in that 70-percent-computer world. He’s on another planet that way. His sense of humor has gotten bigger, his tolerance. He’s not really in Russia in his mind — he’s in some planetary position up there.”
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