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04/19/2007


Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood on Gay Issues, 'J Edgar'

In the new issue of GQ, Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio discuss the gay element in J Edgar, Eastwood's forthcoming biopic of FBI director J Edgar Hoover.

Dicaprio First, a little talk about same-sex marriage.

Says Eastwood to GQ:

"These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage?" I don’t give a f**k about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of ... Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."

DiCaprio: "That's the most infuriating thing--watching people focus on these things. Meanwhile, there's the onset of global warming and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy."

As for the gay element in the film (via USA Today), Eastwood says:

"I'd heard all the various controversies and gossip—that he wore dresses at parties. Everybody was saying, maybe he's gay because he'd never gotten married. But that's the way they did it back in the '40s. If a guy didn't get married, they always thought, Oh, there's something wrong with him....[Associate FBI director Clyde Tolson and he] were inseparable pals. Now, whether he was gay or not is gonna be for the audience to interpret. It could have been just a great love story between two guys. Or it could have been a great love story that was also a sexual story...It's not a movie about two gay guys. It's a movie about how this guy manipulated everybody around him and managed to stay on through nine presidents. I mean, I don't give a crap if he was gay or not.""

Says DiCaprio:

"What we're saying is that he definitely had a relationship with Tolson that lasted for nearly fifty years. Neither of them married. They lived close to one another. They worked together every day. They vacationed together. And there was rumored to be more. There are definite insinuations of—well, I'm not going to get into where it goes, but…If I were a betting man, I actually don't know what I would bet [regarding his sexuality]."

Previously...
Armie Hammer Opposes Inauthentic Gay Lovers, Chest Waxing [tr]
Leonardo DiCaprio as J Edgar Hoover: New Film Still [tr]
J Edgar Gets Release Date [tr]
Armie Hammer Discusses Weird Hype About Kissing a Guy [tr]


Leonardo DiCaprio as J Edgar Hoover: New Film Still

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Leonardo DiCaprio's boyishness has all but evaporated in this new still from the forthcoming-in-November flick J Edgar.

Entertainment Weekly writes: "The movie traces Hoover's life from his childhood in Washington, D.C., through his ascent to power in the 1920s, his 50-year reign over the FBI, and his death in 1972 — with Leonardo DiCaprio donning prosthetic makeup to portray the man well into his bulldog-like elderly years. 'To me, it's really a story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely,' says the star. 'He was always an outsider.'"

And, of course, his secret gay relationships.


Mark Wahlberg Warns Leonardo DiCaprio About Taylor Lautner's Bod, Good Looks

Mark Wahlberg is feeling his age:

2_lautner "I am sitting at a table with a gentleman who is better looking than you and is in better shape than me," Wahlberg said to DiCaprio earlier today at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "So, we're both out of a job, dude. Taylor Lautner! We're screwed."

"It's over, dude," Wahlberg continued as the room burst into laughter. "Titanic and Boogie Nights were a long time ago. I accept it. I had a good run and on to the next."

Lautner told E!'s Marc Malkin:

"I don't even know the word to describe being here," the Twilight star exclusively told me. "It's so odd. It's such an honor. I'm up on the stage and talking in front of people like that? The people that I looked up to my entire life? Hearing words like that from Mark and everybody it's just really surreal."


'J. Edgar' Gets Release Date

Indiewire reports that Warner Bros. has set November 9 as the release date for the Dustin Lance Black-penned J. Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Aside from DiCaprio, the drama has a stellar cast including “The Social Network” breakout star Armie Hammer as Hoover’s assistant/closeted lover Clyde Tolson; Josh Lucas as famed aviator Charles Lindbergh; Ed Westwick as Agent Smith, an operative gifted with writing skills; Damon Herriman as Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby; Judi Dench as Hoover’s mother; Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary; Ken Howard as lawyer and jurist Harlan F. Stone; Jeffrey Donovan as Robert F. Kennedy; and Stephen Root as Arthur Koehler, a wood specialist at Forest Product Laboratories who uses his expertise to help Hoover investigate the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby by tracing the origins of the ladder used by the perpetrator.

Black shot down reports in February that Eastwood was planning to "de-gay" the film, saying "To think that somehow you’re going to a make a movie about somebody like J. Edgar and you’re not going to learn what’s in his heart, that’s just not going to happen in a script that I write...It’s unfounded [the idea that the movie is being de-gayed.]"

Hammer has spoken excitedly about his kissing scenes with DiCaprio.


Armie Hammer Discusses 'Weird Hype' About Kissing a Guy

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Actor Armie Hammer talked to ET Canada about kissing Leonardo DiCaprio for the upcoming J Edgar biopic:

"It’s the same kind of thing as if you walk onto a set and they hand you a machine gun and [say], 'Shoot this like you know what you’re doing' — you can’t grab that thing and go, 'uh…' — you kind of have to go, 'Okay, I know what I’m doing,' and you’ve just got to go for it. It wasn’t that weird — I have never kissed a guy — it’s not something I’m going to do in my private life, but at the end of it I was, like, man, there is a lot of weird hype."


Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer Film 'Very Passionate' Kiss

Jedgar Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer shot a big kissing scene last week for the Clint Eastwood biopic J Edgar about the former FBI director, E! News' Marc Malkin and Brett Malec report:

"It was on Friday when they had their kissing scene, and it was very passionate," the source tells us.

For those who don't know, DiCaprio stars in the film as late FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover. Hammer plays his protégé and rumored lover Clyde Tolson.

"[They did] more [takes] than Clint normally does," adds our source. "They wanted to make it right...It's a more involved scene than just the kissing...It was so sexy."

Early in February, Hammer told DiCaprio to "pucker up."

In February, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black responded to reports that Clint Eastwood chose the film specifically because it didn't have a gay angle:

"I think [Eastwood is] referring to the fact that he’s not going into the stereotypes of who Hoover was because they are clownish, they are comic book and they reek of homophobia and he’s not going to do that. I agree with that. It won’t be going into anything that is a gay stereotype, especially that was used in that day to bash gay men. It won’t be going into that because it’s not accurate and it’s not true. It will deal with sexuality in a far more human, realistic way."


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