They always say it’s never wise to meet your heroes, but for Joseph Gordon-Levitt it was something of a necessity, spending time with the groundbreaking, elusive whistle-blower Edward Snowden, to ensure he does the man justice when portraying him in Oliver Stone’s biopic.

Gordon-Levitt discussed with us what it like to meet the man himself, and the pressure in portraying him on screen. He also tells us what it was like to collaborate with Stone, and whether he personally would consider himself a patriot.

If you missed our coverage of all things Snowden including our review and the Toronto Film Festival press conference click this way!

Snowden also stars Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo and is in UK cinemas this Friday 9th December.

Snowden Movie Synopsis

Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.