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Leonardo DiCaprio Set For J Edgar Hoover Role In Biopic For Eastwood And Grazer
Deadline.com ^ | 06/17/2010 | NIKKI FINKE AND MIKE FLEMING

Posted on 06/17/2010 1:50:10 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

"He going to spread his wings," one of my studio sources tells me now that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play J Edgar Hoover in the still untitled biopic. Already getting early Oscar buzz for Chris Nolan's Inception, Leo will be directed in the epic FBI drama by Clint Eastwood who's producing with Brian Grazer and Rob Lorenz through Imagine and Malpaso. Scripted by Dustin Lance Black, production begins later this year. The project began at Universal, where Imagine is based, but came together at Warners, where Eastwood's Malpaso has long called home. Imagine had been developing the Dustin Lance Black script for over a year before showing it to Universal, where the reaction was negative. But then Grazer got the screenplay to pal Clint (they did The Changeling and have had a personal relationship ever since), the two men met about it in mid-February, and the film has been on the fast track at Warner Bros, where this will be DiCaprio's first film with Eastwood. Great that DiCaprio is getting out of his Marty Scorsese rut.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: dicaprio; fbi; goonch; hollywood; hoover; jedgarhoover; jpb; justicedepartment; leonardodicaprio; movie; skillman
I can only imagine the hit-piece this is going to be, but it's a good sign that Black is no longer the script writer.

For people who are movie buffs, you might recognize the name of the screenwriter "Dustin Lance Black", as the same person who won the Oscar for the "Milk" screenplay a couple years ago. Given that movie's agenda, coupled with the fact that Black is an outspoken homosexual, I can only imagine how he treated the rumors of Hoover's predilections for women's clothes, which may be the reason for the switch to Clint Eastwood, who can still be a pretty liberal screenwriter himself, despite being a self-described Republican.

1 posted on 06/17/2010 1:50:10 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Played by di caprio - well that keeps the “fag” meme going that the KGB-inspired left has been pushing.


2 posted on 06/17/2010 1:52:25 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: OldDeckHand
LOL! They give DiCaprio the strangest roles.

Whoopie Goldberg or Jackie Chan would make almost as much sense for this role.

Or is this "J. Edgar Hoover - The High School Freshman Years"?

3 posted on 06/17/2010 1:53:03 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Thats a good Choice Clint Eastwood is a cross dresser himself so this should be great


4 posted on 06/17/2010 1:53:18 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: dead

Kevin James would have been a good choice


5 posted on 06/17/2010 1:54:08 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: al baby

Michael Chiklis.


6 posted on 06/17/2010 1:54:43 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

The only person in that cast of characters I would single out is Brian Grazer. He is the prototypical example of someone with money who sets out to purchase an image for himself. And that image is “genius”, and it’s only an image. No mater how hard he tries.


7 posted on 06/17/2010 1:55:22 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: OldDeckHand

This is a GAG, right? And what would be next? Maybe Pauley Shore playing Rick in a Casablanca remake??!! Barney Frank instead of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood? Woody Allen as the next Patton?


8 posted on 06/17/2010 1:56:17 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: dead

Much better actor than James


9 posted on 06/17/2010 1:56:33 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: Oldpuppymax

Not sure what Leo has in common with the others in acting ability, other than you apparently don’t like any of them.


10 posted on 06/17/2010 2:00:27 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: OldDeckHand

While the left loves portraying gay folk as the best thing since sliced bread, they will no doubt portray J Edgar Hoover as a “Scum of the earth, repressed, closeted, self-hating homosexual, etc etc...”.

Funny how they claim they are gay friendly unless they want to demonize someone then they use the “ghey is bad” argument. And the Gay community just looks the other way...


11 posted on 06/17/2010 2:01:16 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: OldDeckHand

Leo doesn’t exactly slum it with directors.


12 posted on 06/17/2010 2:02:54 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: OldDeckHand

13 posted on 06/17/2010 2:04:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Mr. Blonde
'Not sure what Leo has in common with the others in acting ability, other than you apparently don’t like any of them."

I don't know what his reason would be for the comparisons he mentioned, but mine would be the fact that they would all be miscast in those rolls, just like DiCaprio is miscast here.

DiCaprio may be a capable actor, but he's not believable in the role of Hoover. He just doesn't have the gravitas or stature as a person, not to mention age.

For this movie to work, you'd have to have someone like a Frank Langella, Christopher Plummer or Max Von Sydow, but a generation younger. I'm not exactly sure who that would be, but I know it's not DiCaprio.

14 posted on 06/17/2010 2:06:25 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Mr. Blonde
DiCaprio is a good actor, but they cast him in absurd roles. Scorcese especially. I'm missing the part where he convinces me he's some fearsome badass.

Gangs of New York for example. Daniel Day Lewis can put some fear into you in a role. DiCaprio is like a chick with a little knife.

Outside of Hollywood, there's nobody who wouldn't smack him upside the head if he ever so much as spoke loudly to them.

15 posted on 06/17/2010 2:08:03 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Woody Allen as Patton...

Hmmmmmmmmmmm

that has possibilities..

George C Scott did leave the character with an unfinished polish...

Woody will surely supply that...

;)


16 posted on 06/17/2010 2:08:13 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Mr. Blonde
"Leo doesn’t exactly slum it with directors."

Not at all. You'd have to go back a ways until you got to a movie that he was in that wasn't directed by an Oscar winner. Plus, he's been in some of the most coveted roles of the last decade.

17 posted on 06/17/2010 2:10:53 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

I may be in the minority, but I’m willing to give DeCaprio a chance.

I thought he was very good as Howard Hughes in “The Aviator”. There are many actors with much less talent (Tom Cruise, anyone).


18 posted on 06/17/2010 2:12:14 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Does anybody know for sure if the cross dressing rumors about Hoover are true?


19 posted on 06/17/2010 2:13:28 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Played by di caprio - well that keeps the “fag” meme going that the KGB-inspired left has been pushing.

I would almost promise there will be at least one scene where he'll be wearing a dress or women's underwear.
20 posted on 06/17/2010 2:16:15 PM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: Kid Shelleen
'Does anybody know for sure if the cross dressing rumors about Hoover are true?'

I don't believe it has ever been conclusively proved. Hoover was never married. When a man is as old as Hoover without getting married, and without being a priest, certain rumors are almost unavoidable. Whether or not they had any merit, will probably always be a mystery.

21 posted on 06/17/2010 2:17:32 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: KosmicKitty
"I thought he was very good as Howard Hughes in “The Aviator”. "

He was. But, he was believable in that role because Hughes himself was a dashing, charismatic ladies man who personified adventure and had a flair for the dramatic - at least until he went bat guano crazy.

DiCaprio is too tall, too skinny and too young and frankly too good looking to play the potato-faced Hoover.

22 posted on 06/17/2010 2:20:44 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: ZX12R

There will be something, you’re right. But even just being played by di caprio - he looks like a girl.


23 posted on 06/17/2010 2:24:24 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
There will be something, you’re right. But even just being played by di caprio - he looks like a girl.

Indeed. Some might call DiCaprio pretty. Hoover, not so much. LOL!
24 posted on 06/17/2010 2:28:32 PM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: dead

Don’t think he was supposed to be a badass in Gangs of New York, but it has been a while since I have seen it. Really he hasn’t played any roles like Daniel Day-Lewis such as Bill the Butcher or Daniel Plainview. Probably wisely. What roles are you thinking of where he is supposed to strike fear into everyone?


25 posted on 06/17/2010 2:31:32 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: OldDeckHand

He seems like the type of guy who was married to his job.


26 posted on 06/17/2010 2:34:50 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: OldDeckHand

It isn’t great casting, but the others are questionable actors, or not actors at all. Leo has the chops to play the part, if not the age or look.

A lot can be done with makeup though, look what they did to Charlize Theron. Too soon to know if that will be enough. I wouldn’t say Billy Crudup looks particularly like Hoover, but he did a good job in Public Enemies. He is about the same age as Hoover was when that film took place though, looks like Leo will be about 6 years younger than Hoover was at the youngest the film will concentrate on.


27 posted on 06/17/2010 2:38:56 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: OldDeckHand
Not only was Hoover never married, but in a long term live in relationship of some sort with a similarly never married and unrelated male. FWIW.

Also, DeCaprio is 35 years old. About the perfect age to play a biopic.

28 posted on 06/17/2010 2:40:17 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: Mr. Blonde
,. ."look what they did to Charlize Theron."

Better casting if they just use her.

29 posted on 06/17/2010 2:51:38 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: OldDeckHand

There was once an episode of the X-Files titled “Travelers” that provided a flashback to Mulder’s father’s role in the early cold war era. The actors they had portraying J. Edgar Hoover and Roy Cohn were virtually dead-ringers for the actual people.


30 posted on 06/17/2010 2:56:50 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: allmendream

I couldn’t imagine Leo DiCaprio playing Howard Hughes in The Aviator, and he was excellent. It wasn’t long into the movie that I was seeing Howard Hughes rather than looking at DiCaprio. I wouldn’t underestimate DiCaprio; he really is a very good actor, and is able to play “physical” roles well. He is a strong man. However a bit tall to play Hoover, but I have a feeling that, like in his role in The Aviator, one will soon forget that and get wrapped up in the role Leo will play as Hoover.


31 posted on 06/17/2010 2:59:02 PM PDT by flaglady47 (To bastardize Samuel Johnson, tyranny is the last refuge of scoundrels)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Hell No! They weren’t true. The rumors were started
by a fag-hag socialist. They were intended by the
soviets to slander a dead man’s memories.
No other man in U.S. history did more to stop
the infiltration of communists into our federal
government that this one man. Do you think
he would go unscathed? Liberals and leftists
when they lose, they just rewrite history
to make themselves the winners.
G*d I hate ‘em.


32 posted on 06/17/2010 3:02:04 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: OldDeckHand

Typical Hollywood type casting.


33 posted on 06/17/2010 3:08:07 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: OldDeckHand

bttt


34 posted on 06/17/2010 3:13:04 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: OldDeckHand

I’m sure the film will have a sodomy scene depicting Hoover with a pleasure boy.


35 posted on 06/17/2010 3:23:29 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: GraceG
I can not and will not imagine Dickaprio in a dress.
36 posted on 06/17/2010 3:27:22 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: flaglady47
He is an excellent actor, I agree. The mission of any actor (especially a star) is to make you forget that they are an actor, and convince you they are the role they are playing. DiCaprio did an excellent job in “the Aviator” of doing exactly that.

Harrison Ford was once told, after a bit part, that he had no ‘star power’. The guy cited a big name actor and said “In his first role he was just a bellhop, but you could just take one look at him and tell he was going to be a star!”

Harrison Ford replied “I thought you were supposed to think he was a bellhop.”

37 posted on 06/17/2010 3:47:35 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: allmendream

Hoover was 29 when President Coolidge appointed him Director of the Bureau Of Investigation and 40 When President Roosevelt appointed him Director of the FBI when it replaced the old Bureau. DiCaprio is the right age to play a younger Hoover.


38 posted on 06/17/2010 4:43:46 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: OldDeckHand

Does every movie have to star DiCaprio? 300 million people in this country, and Hollywood can’t find anyone else to play leading roles?


39 posted on 06/17/2010 6:44:43 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: onedoug

ping


40 posted on 06/17/2010 8:17:23 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: OldDeckHand

Leo is allegedly gay and has an extreme left wing ideology.

Dustin Black is gay ex-Mormon with compromising pix of himself all over the internet. X-rated gay pix.

Eastwood injected pc-ness into Iwo Jima, and other things. He’s definitely not a righty and hasn’t been in ages. He’s a moderate Dem if anything, at times extremely liberal.

And Leo can’t act.

I don’t expect this to be good, I expect it to be HORRIBLE.


41 posted on 06/30/2010 11:26:49 PM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: I_Love_My_Husband

Ever see ‘The Aviator’? or ‘This Boy’s Life’? LD is one of the best American actors of his generation.


42 posted on 09/22/2011 11:21:51 AM PDT by Borges
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