“After this film, people will perceive security of their e-mails and social networks differently.”
Executive Producer Igor Lopatenok
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Although actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Snowden in the upcoming film, the NSA whistleblower will be making an appearance on the silver screen, executive producer Igor Lopatenok told RIA Novosti.
“Edward will appear in the film; he had one day of shooting in Moscow. We shot mostly in Munich, as well as in Hawaii, Hong Kong, and in Washington, where he could not come.”
The executive producer went on to say that Snowden took part in around ten meetings in Moscow for the Oliver Stone film, and that Gordon-Levitt also met with the whistleblower.
In fact, one particular scene in the movie will show the real-life Snowden in the same frame as the actor portraying him.” [RT]
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The film is set to be released in Russia on September 15, and in the US one day later, but Russian viewers will be treated to an extra four minutes of the film, which US viewers won’t see.
“…The Russian audience is lucky to see a little more,”Lopatenok said, adding that some scenes were cut from the US version. [RT]
Very controlled subject
“We were shooting in Munich, [BMW] gave us cars, and then we got a call from their representatives who asked us to return the cars because their American shareholders were against the story.
All possible precautions
The producers feared that American special services might try to hack into the computers being used in the film production process.
“We were able to take all the precautions [against hacking], however, we haven’t noticed direct intervention of [US] security services. Either we haven’t seen them, or they worked really great.”
The team learned how to use encrypted messenger applications, non-traceable browsers protected by cloud storage, and even how to cover their cameras.