Did Oliver Stone face National Security Agency scrutiny by making a movie about mega-leaker Edward Snowden? Did the famed director really have to move to Germany to get his project done?
Stone was quoted in the Hollywood Reporter: “We moved to Germany, because we did not feel comfortable in the U.S. 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.”
Whistle-blower Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, met several times in Moscow with Stone, who screened his film March 6 at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho.
“Guests were required to sign nondisclosure agreements, but that did not prevent three of them from speaking to this reporter,” the Hollywood Reporter said. “All praised the work-in-progress.”
Stone said Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with Laura Poitras to break the Snowden story, asked him for advice “and I just wanted to stay away from controversy.”
“I didn’t want this,” Stone was quoted as saying. “Be that as it may, a couple of months later, the Russian lawyer for Snowden contacts me via my producer. The Russian lawyer told me to come to Russia and wanted me to meet him. One thing led to another, and basically I got hooked.”
“Snowden” opens Sept. 16 in U.S. theaters.
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