New word on Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar from someone who has seen it: Leonardo DiCaprio is even better as the old J. Edgar Hoover than he is as the young one. The movie, written by Milk Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, cuts back and forth between the beginning and the end of Hoover’s stellar five-decade FBI career, and suggests the tragedy of a hidden romance between the FBI chief and his longtime assistant Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). And yes, DiCaprio gives an Oscar-worthy performance. “To me, it’s really a story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely,” the star told EW. “He was always an outsider.”
Check out the new poster for J. Edgar. What could he be saying? Let’s insert a Hoover quote: “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” Here is the trailer (which left us cold) and Eastwood and DiCaprio talking the film’s gay content with GQ. The film will open the 25th AFI FEST on November 3, before its release the following week.