NBC teases Brian Williams’ exclusive Snowden interview with ridiculous photo

What should we expect from Williams' Snowden interview? A lot of staring

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NBC teases Brian Williams' exclusive Snowden interview with ridiculous photo (Credit: NBC)

On Wednesday, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden will give his first televised American interview to NBC news anchor Brian Williams. Filmed in secrecy while Snowden remains in exile, the hour-long interview will air prime time at 10 p.m. ET. But the real news here is overshadowed by this absurd promotional photo, in which a slightly blurry Snowden does a casual chin-rest and Williams looks like he’s in grave but dubious danger — aka the worst buddy comedy ever. If this is the best photo NBC could muster, let us imagine the conversations that led to such an intimate moment:

Snowden: I heard you’re a rapper now.

Williams: Ha ha ha. Did Ice Cube tell you that?

Snowden: Check out my pose, what do you think.

* * *

Snowden: I challenge you to a staring contest.

Williams: Sorry, what?

Snowden: AT THE CAMERA NOW. GO.

Williams: What?

Snowden: Too late. You lose.

* * *



Snowden: Over here, I’m known as an international man of mystery.

[Williams looks at producer for a long, sad moment]

* * *

Snowden: Let’s take a selfie real quick.

Williams: No.

Snowden: Fine, but if you change your mind …

Alas, the real interview will likely be nothing like this, but thanks for letting us imagine that it could be so, NBC.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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