FILM 1706: SNOWDEN
TRIVIA: To make sure the screenplay was not hacked or leaked, Oliver Stone wrote the script on a single computer with no Internet connection.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt pledged to donate his entire salary from the film to "help facilitate the conversation" about the relationship between technology and democracy.
The real Edward Snowden advised Oliver Stone that the NSA's command centers are actually run on tight budgets and are far less glamorous than they appear in movies and TV shows.
During the film shoot in Germany, Oliver Stone's mother passed away. Due to the limited budget and time constraints, Stone was forced to miss his mother's funeral, as taking the necessary time off would have left the production unable to complete the film within the budget and schedule.
Nicolas Cage had previously played the lead in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center (2006). He agreed to a small role in this film as a favor to Stone.
Melissa Leo plays filmmaker/journalist Laura Poitras, who directed the critically acclaimed documentary Citizenfour (2014), which chronicles the aftermath and effects of Edward Snowden's actions.
The real Lindsay Mills appears in the movie entering the cafeteria, right before Snowden meets Lindsay for the first time.
In the movie, Snowden falls out of his bunk and breaks his leg during military training, earning him an administrative discharge. In real life, it isn't known how Snowden was discharged.
This is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's second consecutive feature film based on an Oscar-winning documentary (Citizenfour (2014)). He'd previously made The Walk (2015) which was based on Man on Wire (2008).
In real-life, Oliver Stone met with Laura Poitras to discuss their respective films on Edward Snowden (the filming of Poitras' documentary is depicted in Snowden). According to Poitras, Stone suggested to her that the documentary be released after the feature film, even though the documentary was completed first, because he believed the feature would reach a wider audience. Poitras claimed she took offense to that and did not meet with Stone again.
DIRECTOR CAMEO : Oliver Stone: audience member in the last scene.