Eastwood Says Joaquin Phoenix Is Not In Hoover, Film Will Likely Cover Homosexuality

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-10-11 17:17:30discussion comments
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A couple weeks ago, a rumor came out that Joaquin Phoenix, now done with his fake rap career and fake movie, was attached to Clint Eastwood's biopic about FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover. Though Leonardo DiCaprio has already been signed for the lead role, there was suggestion from screenwriter Dustin Lance Black that they were looking at Phoenix for the role of Clyde Tolson, Hoover's protoge and suspected lover. Turns out that the story was bogus.

Reuters caught up with Eastwood, who's newest film, Hereafter, comes out this Friday in limited release, and asked him about Phoenix's involvement. His response? "No. I don't know where that came from...didn't he become a rapper?" But while the director did shoot down that one rumor, he did seem to confirm another, suggesting that the film will touch on the rumors of Hoover's homosexuality.
"He was a very complex person. The homosexual aspect is just one of many. I would say that's the least of his problems. But he was also very clever, whether rightfully or wrongfully, he was very clever about keeping himself in a certain position in life, so it is an interesting study."


It's hard to not be curious about this project. Hoover was notoriously secretive and for all of the good he did this country, there's a lot of baggage. The fact that Eastwood recognizes the complexity of the character would seem to suggest that we will be seeing all of his sides, including many that Hoover himself would not want us to see. It won't be a hit piece and it won't be a love letter - quite a tough order, but they seem to have the right director on board.
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