Yet after watching this trailer (above), we don't think he took what they had to say to heart.
Making a movie about such an influential and controversial man like J. Edgar Hoover requires a lot of research and careful scrutiny of history. Being one of the best directors in the biz, Clint Eastwood took his movie about the first director of the FBI very seriously and made it a point to learn as much about the man and the myth as he could. He even went so far as to visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation personally, which is where he was promptly informed by officials that as far as they knew, Hoover was NOT gay.
There were several meetings this year between Clint, Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan and Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Hoover in the film, where they discussed the topic in depth. Kortan time and time again insisted that there is no substantial proof confirming the claims of Hoover's homosexuality, adding to the press later:
"Vague rumors and fabrications have cropped up from time to time, but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue. We provided information so that their story could be accurate. What they did with it, as with any production, has been entirely in their hands."
Obviously, they didn't agree with you.
Look, we've already heard that the "rumored kissing scene" isn't really going to happen in the movie. Clint and Co. are supposedly going to stay as vague on the subject of their rumored love as history is.
Still, we wish people wouldn't get so bent out of shape. The film is going to explore a side of history so many people don't know about. It's going to bring resurgence to a historical figure who's name has been forgotten unless mention in reference to a vacuum.
Let's all see the movie first before we start a damn riot, okay!
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