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CAST THIS: J. Edgar Hoover

Mar. 11, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Alright bitches, listen up! This week Cast This is getting historical on your ass! That's right, I'm trying out an experiment that deviates from casting superheroes and ‘80s action leads and we’re going for something a bit more academic.

Yesterday, it was announced that Clint Eastwood is going to be making a J. Edgar Hoover biopic, a role that will likely cause someone to be nominated for an Oscar that year if history has taught us anything. Who’s Hoover? You know, the president who’s totally responsible for that big dam where they hide all the Transformers?

Oh wait, that’s HERBERT Hoover you say? Ahhh alright, then who the hell are we talking about here? Who is this J. EDGAR fellow?

In reality, J. Edgar Hoover was the guy who founded the FBI in 1935, the creation of which led to the busting up of many gangs and crime mobs and its where we get all those awesome car chases and tommy gun fights from in old gangster movies.

As I said, the fact that Eastwood is behind this means that undoubtedly this movie will get some pretty heavy press, and any biopic by any reasonably good director is bound to get a little bit of awards attention. That’s why I think it’s actually interesting to try and cast the part despite the fact he doesn’t have any superpowers.

Hoover was 40 when the FBI was founded, so expect the bulk of the movie to focus around that. But surely the film will cover the majority of his life, so it might not be out of the question to cast someone older or younger.

Last Week: THE FLASH

We got some unexpected news that THE FLASH was actually ramping up and had found itself a director. I thought we’d get the jump on casting, and I thought you guys had some rather good ideas this week.

1. Neil Patrick Harris (12%) 2. Chris Evans (10%) 3. Chris Pine (7%)

I am ALL about NPH for The Flash, and I have to say, I think this might be one of my favorite casting calls you guys have made to date. He’s funny, he’s blonde and he definitely needs a lead role like this one, as How I Met Your Mother is holding him back if you ask me.

Since we did this casting call, Chris Evans’ name has been tossed in the ring for Captain America as well, and honestly, I could see him taking on either role. Pine is also a decent choice, though I was a fan of fourth place finisher, Seann William Scott as well. Dust off your history books, and give me some Hoover names!

Extra Tidbit: Screw gangsters, hopefully this movie centers around Hoover's investigation of the JFK/Marilyn Monroe BJ tape.
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4:24PM on 03/11/2010

Crudup

Billy Crudup
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9:13PM on 03/11/2010

Holding him back?

How I Met Your Mother is not holding NPH back. His character Barney is awesome and a big reason why he's so hot right now. Besides a couple cameos, that show is the reason he's relevant. He's very very talented and I agree he needs a starring role, but to say he's being held back by his TV show is not true in my opinion.
How I Met Your Mother is not holding NPH back. His character Barney is awesome and a big reason why he's so hot right now. Besides a couple cameos, that show is the reason he's relevant. He's very very talented and I agree he needs a starring role, but to say he's being held back by his TV show is not true in my opinion.
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4:43PM on 03/11/2010
Jackie Earle Haley or Billy Crudup
Jackie Earle Haley or Billy Crudup
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4:35PM on 03/11/2010
Jackie Earle Haley.

He looks a lot like Hoover, and we know he can act.
Jackie Earle Haley.

He looks a lot like Hoover, and we know he can act.
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11:50PM on 03/11/2010
the great Clifton Collins Jr.
the great Clifton Collins Jr.
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7:29PM on 03/11/2010
Michael Shannon for me too. I thought I was going to be original but he's all over this list.
Michael Shannon for me too. I thought I was going to be original but he's all over this list.
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6:13PM on 03/11/2010
Definitely liking the Michael Shannon suggestions
Definitely liking the Michael Shannon suggestions
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6:06PM on 03/11/2010
After seeing later pictures of him I'm going to say Brendan Gleeson...But Michael Sheen wouldn't be too bad either.
After seeing later pictures of him I'm going to say Brendan Gleeson...But Michael Sheen wouldn't be too bad either.
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4:54PM on 03/11/2010
Give us Crudup reprising the role, he rocked.
Give us Crudup reprising the role, he rocked.
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3:22PM on 03/11/2010

DiCaprio and Nicholson

This is difficult because he doesn't look like any famous actor, but I would say Leonardo DiCaprio with dark hair for his younger years and maybe Jack Nicholson for the later years. Just check out pictures of him in his younger & old years.

I didn't think of the departed until i saw a picture of Hoover when he was older...lol
This is difficult because he doesn't look like any famous actor, but I would say Leonardo DiCaprio with dark hair for his younger years and maybe Jack Nicholson for the later years. Just check out pictures of him in his younger & old years.

I didn't think of the departed until i saw a picture of Hoover when he was older...lol
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12:40PM on 03/11/2010

Billy Crudup

I'm all for Billy Crudup. He already played him and was the best part in Public Enemies, which was otherwise a heaping pile of "meh."
I'm all for Billy Crudup. He already played him and was the best part in Public Enemies, which was otherwise a heaping pile of "meh."
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3:10PM on 03/15/2010
Brian Cox for an older Hoover & Sam Witwer for the younger.

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Brian Cox for an older Hoover & Sam Witwer for the younger.

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7:42PM on 03/11/2010

Who cares

Don't care who plays him as long as they don't make his racist ass out to be a hero. Dude let the mob run wild cause they knew he was gay and he let MLK die. This casting doesn't matter
Don't care who plays him as long as they don't make his racist ass out to be a hero. Dude let the mob run wild cause they knew he was gay and he let MLK die. This casting doesn't matter
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7:22PM on 03/11/2010

DON RICKLES

that Shannon gezer has the crazy eye for the younger years...
that Shannon gezer has the crazy eye for the younger years...
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7:21PM on 03/11/2010

DON RICKLES

that Shannon gezer has the crazy eye for the younger years...
that Shannon gezer has the crazy eye for the younger years...
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7:22PM on 03/11/2010
i meant 'geezer' of course.
i meant 'geezer' of course.
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5:27PM on 03/11/2010
Jackie Earle Haley would probably be the best choice, but i would like to see ed norton take on some more challenging roles like this one
Jackie Earle Haley would probably be the best choice, but i would like to see ed norton take on some more challenging roles like this one
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2:34PM on 03/11/2010
I actually really loved the idea of Michael Shannon
I actually really loved the idea of Michael Shannon
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12:28PM on 03/11/2010
Michael Shannon - the guy is the new Chris Walken. If not him, then Jaden Smith. ;)
Michael Shannon - the guy is the new Chris Walken. If not him, then Jaden Smith. ;)
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5:15PM on 03/19/2010
Billy Crudup already did a good kob playing him in Public Enemies why fix what isn't broken
Billy Crudup already did a good kob playing him in Public Enemies why fix what isn't broken
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8:03PM on 03/15/2010
Jackie Earl Haley ain't a bad choice, except when he starts putting on the pounds. What about Dylan Baker?
Jackie Earl Haley ain't a bad choice, except when he starts putting on the pounds. What about Dylan Baker?
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7:52PM on 03/12/2010
I'm gonna go with Crudup on this one too. But considering he just PLAYED J. Edgar Hoover, he wont get it. SO I'd have to say Wee Man.
I'm gonna go with Crudup on this one too. But considering he just PLAYED J. Edgar Hoover, he wont get it. SO I'd have to say Wee Man.
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1:32PM on 03/12/2010
I have to agree with LeslieVernon.. hands down Billy Crudup
I have to agree with LeslieVernon.. hands down Billy Crudup
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1:26PM on 03/12/2010

Paul Giamatti

He's got the gravitas to carry off this role..
He's got the gravitas to carry off this role..
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12:02PM on 03/12/2010
Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
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8:01PM on 03/11/2010

HOOVER

Jackie Earle Haley as young J. Edgar and Robert De Niro for the elder Hoover.
Jackie Earle Haley as young J. Edgar and Robert De Niro for the elder Hoover.
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7:59PM on 03/11/2010

J.Edgar Scott?

I think Steve Carrell's break out dramatic role... Done and Done.
I think Steve Carrell's break out dramatic role... Done and Done.
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7:58PM on 03/11/2010

J.Edgar Scott?

I think Steve Carrell's break out dramatic role... Done and Done.
I think Steve Carrell's break out dramatic role... Done and Done.
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7:56PM on 03/11/2010
Toby Jones. He got upstaged by the other Capote movie and he deserves to shine in another biopic.
Toby Jones. He got upstaged by the other Capote movie and he deserves to shine in another biopic.
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6:59PM on 03/11/2010
Whoever they get should be comfortable wearing dresses.
Whoever they get should be comfortable wearing dresses.
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4:53PM on 03/11/2010
Brian Cox
Brian Cox
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4:18PM on 03/11/2010
In his younger years Michael Shannon sounds good.

But BRIAN COX would be ideal as Hoover in his post WW2 years. He could pass for his brother.
In his younger years Michael Shannon sounds good.

But BRIAN COX would be ideal as Hoover in his post WW2 years. He could pass for his brother.
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2:48PM on 03/11/2010
I agree with those below me who said Michael Shannon.
I agree with those below me who said Michael Shannon.
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8:30PM on 03/11/2010

Make it so!!!!

Billy Crudup for Hoover & Chris Evans def for Captain America & Stifler for Flash.
Billy Crudup for Hoover & Chris Evans def for Captain America & Stifler for Flash.
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6:12PM on 03/11/2010

Depending on age they go for:

Phillip Seymour Hoffman
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Anthony Hopkins
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
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Anthony Hopkins
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3:36PM on 03/11/2010
Clifton Collins Jr.
Clifton Collins Jr.
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10:43AM on 03/12/2010
No Ackles suggestion? I'm shocked.
No Ackles suggestion? I'm shocked.
12:34PM on 03/11/2010
Skinny Hoover looked a bit like Clifton Collins Jr, but then he put on a ton of weight, so I'm not sure.
Skinny Hoover looked a bit like Clifton Collins Jr, but then he put on a ton of weight, so I'm not sure.
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3:25AM on 03/12/2010

Bring back

Billy Crudup
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12:53AM on 03/12/2010

Robert Downey Jr.

He pulled off the Chaplin side, now doing Hoover should be easy. Just get him a dress.
He pulled off the Chaplin side, now doing Hoover should be easy. Just get him a dress.
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2:24PM on 03/11/2010
it's a shame that William Atherton is just a bit too old.
it's a shame that William Atherton is just a bit too old.
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2:35PM on 03/11/2010
Good choice! I was thinking the same thing about Albert Finney.
Good choice! I was thinking the same thing about Albert Finney.
1:54PM on 03/11/2010
Ben Foster of Jeffrey Donovan
Ben Foster of Jeffrey Donovan
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4:59PM on 03/11/2010

YESSSSSS!

This movie will be good as long as Leonardo Di Caprios drives a Lambourgini and has a sick heat seeking rocket launchers and many sweet fucking proximity mines. Then it will be sweet as these movies that are like a pressing on a spot between my balls and my anus as I have cum awesome [link]
This movie will be good as long as Leonardo Di Caprios drives a Lambourgini and has a sick heat seeking rocket launchers and many sweet fucking proximity mines. Then it will be sweet as these movies that are like a pressing on a spot between my balls and my anus as I have cum awesome [link]
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1:13PM on 03/11/2010
Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard
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12:45PM on 03/11/2010
Michael Shannon, Sean Penn, or Billy Crudup
Michael Shannon, Sean Penn, or Billy Crudup
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2:23PM on 03/11/2010
He kind of reminds of Robert Downey Jr. in that picture. So that's where I stand. And even if he didn't look like him, it's RDJ, so you can't really go wrong there.
He kind of reminds of Robert Downey Jr. in that picture. So that's where I stand. And even if he didn't look like him, it's RDJ, so you can't really go wrong there.
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1:52PM on 03/11/2010
Edward Norton, Sam Rockwell, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Also Andy Serkis.
Edward Norton, Sam Rockwell, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Also Andy Serkis.
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12:35PM on 03/11/2010
Tough call. How about Oliver Platt as a middle-aged J. Edgar?
Tough call. How about Oliver Platt as a middle-aged J. Edgar?
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2:45PM on 03/11/2010
Nic Cage!!!!
Nic Cage!!!!
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1:02PM on 03/11/2010
Liam Neeson all the way!
Liam Neeson all the way!
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8:01PM on 03/11/2010
fuck Neil Patrick Harris, chris evans should play the flash
fuck Neil Patrick Harris, chris evans should play the flash
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12:30PM on 03/11/2010

I think

Jon Favreau would be a good choice.
Jon Favreau would be a good choice.
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1:12PM on 03/11/2010

I'm Serious.

john krasinski!!
john krasinski!!
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12:42PM on 03/11/2010

Morgan Freeman

No but Seriously Nathan Lane. Let's bring back Nathan Lane
No but Seriously Nathan Lane. Let's bring back Nathan Lane
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