Leonardo DiCaprio, caked underneath layers of makeup, looks the part of the controversial FBI director in the new film J. Edgar. But looks — and great acting — can deceive when the story isn’t quite right.
In telling J. Edgar Hoover’s story, director Clint Eastwood has lost his man. “He’s a mystery man,” Eastwood told the Washington Post at a screening of the film for Washington insiders last week. “I still don’t have all the answers on him.” Unfortunately, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, to whom Eastwood entrusted the script, believes he does have those answers: Hoover and Clyde Tolson, his longtime confidant and associate director of the FBI, were, as Black told a gay newspaper, “not straight.”
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