‘J. Edgar’ Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio Is Citizen Hoover

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Many a person might argue that Clint Eastwood’s name is pretty much synonymous with “Oscar Bait” nowadays – and, to be fair, they’d have a point. The 81-year-old Hollywood legend nonetheless remains one of the hardest working men in the movie-making biz; he’s been churning out high-minded productions on an annual basis for a while now, and this year will be no exception.

Enter Eastwood’s latest directorial effort, J. Edgar.

A trailer has been released for J. Edgar, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover. Does this new theatrical preview make the film look like a fascinating biopic – or yet another “artsy” historical melodrama?

The answer is… a bit of both, but not, per se, in a bad way. Biopics are somewhat infamous for their tendency to focus too much on recreating the “major events” in their subject’s life – and thus, they fail to offer real insight into the motivations and behavior of the figure being examined. However, not only was Hoover directly involved with many an important historical event of the 20th century – his personal and professional lives were often like something right out of a Hollywood melodrama.

Here is an official synopsis for J. Edgar:

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

J. Edgar was scripted by Dustin Lance Black, who previously won an Oscar for penning one of the best biopics in recent memory, Milk. That film successfully dramatized the personal aspects of its namesake’s life, while also exploring his significance as a historical public figure. Based on the official description and the trailer for Eastwood’ new film alone, Black aims to repeat that act.

See what we mean by watching the trailer for J. Edgar (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:


DiCaprio looks to deliver another engaging dramatic performance as Hoover – not to mention, his accent is thankfully subtle – and the makeup department for J. Edgar appears to have done a stellar job of transforming the handsome actor into a younger version of the more homely FBI head. That DiCaprio as the elder Hoover looks less convincing (and a bit too much like Orson Welles in Citizen Kane) is kind of disappointing, but it shouldn’t be too much of a distraction in the final product.

Eastwood is well-renowned for his elegant filmmaking aesthetic and J. Edgar should be no exception. The period production design (costumes, settings, etc.) on display in this early footage look quite superb, as does the cool color scheme and shadowy lighting of the cinematography. You can rest assured that the technical crew for J. Edgar will garner their fair share of accolades this upcoming awards season.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Watts in 'J. Edgar'

J. Edgar should also feature many an interesting character dynamic between DiCaprio’s Hoover and the people in his life – especially, his devoted lifelong secretary, Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), his perhaps-too-influential mother, Anne Marie (Judi Dench), and his confidante/rumored secret lover, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). That the film looks to touch on the intimate details of all of these relationships is also definitely a good thing.


J. Edgar is slated to begin a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on November 9th, 2011, before expanding wide two days later.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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    • Looks like they are saying thar J Edgar may have known or been involved in the Kennedy shooting.

  1. Nothing is better than Bob Hoskins as Hoover,… NOTHING

  2. I like DiCaprio, but I feel this casting was a bit too much for him to carry. And that make-up just looks dreadful. Should have got an older man and used CGI to make him look younger. Ageing someone with layers of pancake just never works.

  3. I think Leonardo will surely get a nomination for an Academy Award. I think he’ll get a Oscar nomination at least. He is incredible and he is amazing. And I think he will get it. It’s an incredible performance, just wonderful.

  4. Look good, of course he had something to do with getting rid of
    Kennedy, they were “arch enemies”

  5. The only film performace of Hoover that I have seen thus far is Billy Crudup’s excellent portrayl in Public Enemies. I truly believe that Leo will stand right Billy for my two favorite portrayls of Hoover. Leo seems to have the accent down pat, and while I agree that the makeup used for Leo as Hoover in old age isn’t too well done, I think it will be fine. Man, Eastwood has a hell of a lot of juice left in him. I’m a little worried that if this film is a great success, after awards season, Dustin Lance Black will be seen as the “biopic guy” strictly.

  6. Correction: “right beside Billy”. Damn, my fast fingers.

  7. I would watch any movie. I repeat any movie with as long as Dicaprio is in it. Whether as the main or the minor. He is my # 1 actor

  8. Agree with Leo as the Oscar favorite for this coming season. He’s long overdue and overlooked. I can’t wait to see this flick!!!

  9. glad they finally made a a movie that sheds light on this EVIL man who may have had both JFK & RFK & MLK KILLED!!!!! Think the FBI should change the name of their HQ in DC & not naming it after a lying, cheating, corrupt, racist who committted treason & altered the warren com. report to stack the deck in his CORRUPT favor.

  10. Sadly, the new Warner Bros. epic is full of errors and misrepresentations. Here’s the real, never-been-told inside scoop on the celebrated FBI Chief.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m a great fan of Clint Eastwood’s…and I happen to like the guy. I worked closely with Clint on a screenplay some thirty years ago at Universal and again at Malpaso, his own company. Clint actually optioned “THE HOSTILES” twice in an effort to get it made with co-star John Wayne. Unfortunately, Duke did not sign on and Clint and I were both disappointed that the film never came to be.

    Over the years, I’ve had several cordial encounters with Clint so I have no axe to grind with him personally. He’s a great filmmaker and a fine fellow. Unfortunately, his new movie about J. Edgar Hoover is so full of untruths that I can’t sit idly by without making comment.

    I recently received a call from Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way, asking to see a copy of my movie about J. Edgar Hoover, which starred Broderick Crawford as Hoover and Dan Dailey as Clyde Tolson, with a splendid cast headed by Jose Ferrer, Celeste Holm and Rip Torn. It was a very well regarded film, particularly in England where it had a significant theatrical run plus two highly promoted telecasts on the BBC.

    Read on my blog>>


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