When veteran filmmaker Oliver Stone was casting an actor to play former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden in a film, he said he went to only one person – Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“I don’t know why, he just looked like, and felt like, and acted like he was one of that generation, very much the same age and computer knowledgeable,” Stone told Reuters last month in Los Angeles.
“Snowden,” which had its world premiere on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival and hits theaters on September 16, sees Gordon-Levitt, 35, play the 33-year-old Snowden through a decade of his life.
Gordon-Levitt, who achieved fame as a child actor in television series “3rd Rock from the Sun,” said that by playing Snowden, he hoped to understand his motivations. (Reuters)