Scott Eastwood has developed quite a reputation as the lovable heartthrob but his latest role in Oliver Stone’s Snowden is quite far form that. Eastwood plays an NSA agent and the boss of Edward Snowden. “I had fun to be a little bit of a nerd,” he revealed at the film’s Los Angeles press day. But don’t expect him to be coding or doing anything cool online anytime soon. The 30-year-old son of Clint revealed that technology wise, he’s a bit behind the times. “I’m pathetic when it comes to the Internet and getting stuff done,” he joked.
In addition to Snowden, which hits theaters on September 16, Eastwood recently appeared on screen in Suicide Squad as Lieutenant GQ Edwards. And if his character has somehow managed to not perish, he would be 100% down for an appearance in a sequel to the film. “You never know. Anything is possible,” he explained. The rising star has also recently joined the Fast and Furious family and recently wrapped shooting Fast 8, an experience he calls “really pleasant.” “Everyone has been really accepting and brought me into the family. I had a lot of fun shooting it,” Eastwood explains. He also put any rumors that the cast hazed him as an initiation into the franchise to bed saying, “They were actually really nice to me. We had BBQs every day on set. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of good times.”
SR: So what piqued your interest in the role?
Eastwood: Oliver Stone. Is that not enough? Oliver Stone, yeah. I thought this was pretty timely and it was pretty interesting, controversial subject matter.
SR: And that was a dream of yours to work with Oliver for a while, what was it like actually doing it?
Eastwood: It was great. He’s great. I really like working with directors who know what they want and aren’t afraid to tell you, “Do it like this. Don’t do it like that.”
SR: Yeah, he seems like he would be pretty to-the-point.
SR: But that’s probably refreshing?
Eastwood: The best. It’s the best. The best guys I’ve worked with are always like that.
SR: You get to play an NSA agent and Edward’s boss. Was it kind of fun to tap into techy, nerdier side? Because we usually see you as the heartthrob?
Eastwood: Sure, yeah! It was fun to be a little bit of a nerd. This guy was a patriot. He believed very strongly in his beliefs and what he was doing for his country. So it was easy to tap into that and go, “OK, this is what this guy believes in.”
SR: What was the preparation like? Are you a coding master now?
Eastwood: No. God no. I’m pathetic when it comes to the internet and getting stuff done. But I think some of the most interesting stuff was seeing how the Dark Web works and seeing how easy it is for hackers to break into your computer or your bank account or your private information.
SR: Did watching this or just being in it really freak you out about your privacy, are you putting band aids over your camera?
Eastwood: I mean, I definitely have a piece of tape over my computer at home.
SR: You do?
Eastwood: Yeah. Little piece of duct tape, right over the camera.
SR: It was pretty crazy when they showed on screen, that they just hack right in there.
SR: Did you learn any cool facts about the government while doing this?
Eastwood: I think you just learn a lot of stuff in general about all the stuff he released. I think there’s probably a lot that we don’t know. That’s what is really interesting.
SR: How familiar were you Snowden’s story before coming into this and what surprised you the most about his journey?
Eastwood: I wasn’t terribly familiar. I had read some of the headlines but didn’t quite understand difference between WikiLeaks…Snowden. And then watching the documentary, working on the film, you got to see his personal journey through this and sort of understand more about what he went through.
SR: We totally think Suicide Squad deserves a sequel. Is there a chance that your character is alive and he could make another appearance in a second film?
Eastwood: Yeah, you never know? Anything is possible.
SR: Are you down if the offer came?
Eastwood: Oh, yeah, of course. Working with David Ayer…the guy is a great filmmaker.
SR: You’re filming Furious 8 right now, what’s has it been like walking onto that set of such an established amazing franchise?
Eastwood: It’s been great. It’s been a really pleasant experience. Everyone’s been really accepting and brought me into the family and I had a really fun time shooting it.
SR: It seems like such a tight-knit group. Did they haze you at all or give you a hard time?
Eastwood: No, they were actually really, really nice to me. We had barbecues every day on set. We have a lot of laughs and a lot of good times.
Snowden opens in U.S. theaters September 16, 2016.