View Full Version : J. Edgar Hoover - by Clint Eastwood

03-11-2010, 08:35 AM
The indefatigable Clint Eastwood is already in post-production on his supernatural film, Hereafter, so naturally he's lining up ten more projects to finish by December 2010.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood will tackle the lawman who looms above all others: J. Edgar Hoover.

Eastwood, Brian Grazer, and and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment are teaming up for a Hoover biopic, which isn't yet set up at a studio, but will probably find home at Warner Bros.

The script has been penned by Dustin Lance Black, who won the screenwriting Oscar last year for Milk.

Hoover was instrumental in forming the FBI in 1935, and was its formidable director until his death in 1972. The FBI has certainly done its share of good and honest crime-fighting, but Hoover also liked using illegal methods, and often used the FBI as own personal task force. He harassed activists, dissenters, politicians, and even little old ladies at the beauty shop with his black-suited boys. He could also be incredibly capricious, and would punish agents for being too successful or wearing the wrong ties or socks. He may also have been a deeply closeted homosexual and cross-dresser, and was rarely seen apart from Clyde Tolson, who took over the FBI after Hoover's death. He was complex to say the least.

Plenty of people have played Hoover, who has been depicted in film for more than 50 years now. Memorable actors to take on the role include Ernest Borgnine, Bob Hoskins, Kevin Dunn, Vincent Gardenia, Pat Hingle and Dorothi Fox, who played the FBI director as a large African-American woman in Woody Allen's "Bananas." Billy Crudup (also in "The Good Shepherd") was the most recent person to play him on the big screen, in last summer's "Public Enemies," though even before Imagine's full biopic goes before cameras we'll potentially see another portrayal in an upcoming crime film titled "No God, No Master."

Up next for the prolific Eastwood is Hereafter, the supernatural drama starring Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard, slated for a December 2010 release.

03-11-2010, 10:18 AM
Could be interesting.

03-11-2010, 02:59 PM
Could be interesting.

J. Edgar Hoover in drag, how could it not be interesting.