Joseph Gordon-Levitt heads an all-star cast in Oliver Stone’s version of the life of controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Oliver Stone has rarely been known for reticence and restraint, but the big problem with Snowden, his rendering of the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden, is that it’s earnest, decorous, and — dare we say — a tad dull. Of course Snowden’s story is by now pretty familiar from news reportage and from Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning documentary, Citizenfour. Even an award-winning documentary is only seen by a relatively small number of people, so there’s an argument to be made for dramatizing the story with expensive production values and well known actors portraying the characters. Although Snowden has been vindicated in many quarters, he’s still controversial to some, and the technical universe he inhabited is slightly impenetrable to admirers and detractors alike. So it’s hard to imagine hordes of people rushing to see his story on screen again, especially when told in such a hushed and bloodless manner.
Snowden himself was something of a geek and technocrat, not the kind of flamboyant figure who populated many of Stone’s earlier movies. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a good job of disappearing into the guarded, self-contained character. But he’s not the kind of character who will draw intense audience empathy. And the pedestrian, sometimes disjointed script written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald doesn’t do the actor any favors.
Zach visited this Monday (18) the Late Late Show with James Corden, as part of the Star Trek Beyond promotion. He was joined by actress Juliette Lewis. Zachary chatted about his recent travels that ended with him taking a selfie in a Chico’s store that was noticed by top brass.
You will find the video in our archive, and also screen captures added to the gallery.
Zachary visited last night the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to talk about his new play Smokefall. He talked about his soulless “I’m going to murder you” roles, his heavy-laden brow, and his relationship with the late Leonard Nimoy.
I’ve never known anybody–we actually lost Leonard a year ago on the 27th of this month, so much love to him and his family as always–but I’ve never met somebody actually who so fully embodied a sense of fulfillment in their life. I really haven’t. He was such a tremendous artist and philanthropist and generous person and so intelligent and I miss him all the time. I really miss him so much at this point, obviously, marking the anniversary of his passing. He was one of the greatest gifts that my career has brought into my personal life for sure.
Check the full interview in our archive, plus screencaptures in our gallery.
Zachary Quinto has narrated United Nations (UN) Free & Equal video on the social and economic costs of LGBT exclusion. Free & Equal is a UN campaign for LGBT equality.
Do you know how much discrimination really costs?
Rates of poverty, homelessness, depression and suicide have been found to be far higher among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people than in the general population. But it’s not just LGBT people who pay the price. We all do. Every LGBT child thrown out of home and forced to miss out on education is a loss for society. Every LGBT worker denied their rights is a lost opportunity to build a fairer and more productive economy.
These losses are entirely self-inflicted. With different laws and policies in place and a different mind-set, we could and would achieve a more free and equal world – that is more prosperous too!