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Hero Moment – ComicCon 2016: Oliver Stone vs Pokemon (and the NSA)

"Pokemon Go is a new level of invasion.They are data mining every person in this room. It’s what they call surveillance capitalism.” That was  Oliver Stone's opening salvo during the Snowden panel on Hall H, July 21 2016. Directed by Stone and starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood, the biopic of the surveillance whistleblowers opens September 16. At the HFPA press conference, Stone elaborated on the scope of the Snowden saga and its impact on the very audience congregated at Comic-Con: "I think it’s an exciting, larger than life story.  It’s happened right underneath our noses and still going on and whether they know it or not, it affects the majority of the future population, many of whom are here today in costume. He may go down in history as one of those moments, one of those guys who actually made a difference to his time.  Because he made us aware of a situation that many of us suspected or did not know was going on and he had proof.  I don’t think people sometimes realize the significance of it But that is not the end of the story by any means, I think it’s going to go on We never felt there was interference from the NSA.  Although we did take precautions and we moved the film to Germany to shoot as our base.  The Germans had a good record on surveillance and they had been very critical of it and they know the price of surveillance, because they have lived it."