Joseph Gordon-Levitt Interview – Snowden – “I believed that this was an important film and I was going to do it no matter what”
Armed with a sharp intellect and skeptical outlook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was an ideal choice to play the world’s most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Directed by Oliver Stone, SNOWDEN stars Gordon-Levitt as the NSA cyber specialist who in 2013 leaked a treasure trove of classified information that revealed the extent to which the U.S. government was spying on its own citizens’ phone conversations and emails.
Q: You’ve said that some people were advising you not to play in Snowden because he remains a very controversial figure, particularly in the U.S.?
SNOWDEN: I had some people telling me that playing a very polarizing figure might not be the best career move I could make. But I believed that this was an important film and I was going to do it no matter what.
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