Snowden Gets an Acting Gig Alongside Daniel Radcliffe

Well, kind of
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2016 12:22 PM CDT
Snowden Gets an Acting Gig Alongside Daniel Radcliffe
In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo, Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU of Hawaii in Honolulu.   (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

(Newser) – Edward Snowden: whistleblower, fugitive ... thespian? He can add that last descriptor to his résumé after Saturday, when the documentary-style play Privacy is set to kick off at NYC's Public Theater, the New York Times reports. Snowden will have a one-minute-long cameo appearance (a pre-recorded tape transmitted from Moscow), and his co-star will be Harry Potter lead Daniel Radcliffe. The two will go back and forth with snippets from Shakespeare's The Tempest, as well as talk privacy in the digital age.

The creators of the originally British production—which Playbill says "encourages the use of cell phones during the show"—had tried to get in touch with Snowden years ago, but they never connected before the play was performed in London in 2014. But last week, Snowden's ACLU lawyer said the ex-NSA contractor was game, noting, "He is hoping that the playwrights and actors here can take abstract concepts and make them more concrete for people who might not read NSA documents at their computers." (Snowden indirectly got his wish for British PM David Cameron to resign.)

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