First Look at Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Biopic
03.30.11 by BJSprecher
Several photos of actor Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood's (Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby) new biopic about the notorious first director of the FBI have recently appeared online. Titled simply J. Edgar, the movie was written by Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Milk — which also earned Sean Penn a Best Actor award — and focuses on the more controversial aspects of Hoover's public and private life, including allegations that he was a cross-dresser and that he was soft on the mafia.
The script for the movie, which is in production now, was blasted by filmmaker Larry Cohen, who himself covered the life of Hoover in the 1978 movie The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover. Cohen's 17-page critique of the screenplay takes exception with Hoover being portrayed "as a closeted gay man" and for focusing on the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case, which Cohen said Hoover had only "peripheral involvement" in, among other complaints.
Hoover did a lot of bad things to a lot of people, I just don’t think he deserves to have this perpetuated.
Warner Bros. took exception to Cohen's critique, saying that he is not up to speed on the project.
Mr. Cohen read an early draft of the script that had yet to be properly vetted. His critique, however well researched, is not based on the actual shooting script.
J. Edgar also stars Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Dermot Mulroney, Joshua Lucas, and Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench.