DiCaprio Confirmed To Play Hoover
Rumours that Leonardo DiCaprio would be playing the infamous creator of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s forthcoming biopic have been abounding since March, and today Deadline revealed that the Inception star has now signed up for the role.
Hoover was director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations from 1935 until his death in 1972. He’s usually credited with making the FBI the powerful law-enforcement agency it is today, and with instituting key developments like central fingerprinting and forensic laboratories.
In later years, however questions surrounded some of Hoovers clandestine tactics. In some quarters his name has become synonomous with an agency that had an unpleasant air of the secret police about it, amassing secret files on political leaders and harassing dissidents and dissenters. Post-Hoover, each directorship of the FBI has been limited to ten years.
Such a rich vein of material should mean that Eastwood and DiCaprio (something of an expert in playing troubled characters) should be able to fashion a rather decent film when they start filming next year. If anything, we can assume that the portrayal might be a little better than Bob Hoskin’s rather camp turn as the FBI director in Oliver Stone’s JFK. Having said that, Hoover did have a reputation for cross-dressing. We’re assuming they didn’t tell DiCaprio that..