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Clint Eastwood to direct J. Edgar Hoover biopic

03.11.2010

Award-winning filmmaker and legendary badass Clint Eastwood looks to have found his next critical darling. The director has signed on to helm HOOVER, a biopic covering the life of FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover, from the days when he helped start the government agency in 1935 to his long tenure as FBI director that lasted until his death in 1972.

Eastwood will collaborate with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (MILK) on the script. Manga-haired super producer Brian Grazer is developing the project along with his and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment.

This is great news as Hoover is such ripe territory for an interesting story or ten. From his place as head FBI guy, his membership in the Freemasons, his organizing of the f*cked up COINTELPRO to handle the FBI's "dirty work", to his alleged closeted homosexuality. Just lots and lots of juicy stuff to explore.

And what about casting? Hoover's been portrayed in the past by people such as Ernest Borgnine, Bob Hoskins, and most recently Billy Crudup in Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES (highly underrated and misunderstood in my humble). What do you guys think? Who'd make for a great J. Edgar Hoover?

Extra Tidbit: Marilyn Monroe was captured on video in the 1950s giving a BJ to an unidentified man who J. Edgar Hoover tried fruitlessly to prove was either JFK or his brother Robert. The sex tape was allegedly sold two years ago for a reported 1.5 million dollars.

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4:22PM on 03/11/2010
This sounds awesome. I normally love anything Eastwood touches (although Invictus really let me down).
This sounds awesome. I normally love anything Eastwood touches (although Invictus really let me down).
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1:37PM on 03/11/2010

Mr Eastwood...

...has a blank check with me so, he can pretty much do anything that iŽll watch it :)
...has a blank check with me so, he can pretty much do anything that iŽll watch it :)
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12:39PM on 03/11/2010
Pretty significant figure in U.S. history, this is a great subject for Clint Eastwood.

Not sure how the piece of garbage that is Public Enemies is either underrated and misunderstood. It's sheer ridiculousness, and muddling and trivialization of history is pretty easy to understand. Not to mention the fact that the romanticizing of Dillinger was from the public due to the depression era, but he himself wasn't a romantic figure. considering that the movie completely eliminated the
Pretty significant figure in U.S. history, this is a great subject for Clint Eastwood.

Not sure how the piece of garbage that is Public Enemies is either underrated and misunderstood. It's sheer ridiculousness, and muddling and trivialization of history is pretty easy to understand. Not to mention the fact that the romanticizing of Dillinger was from the public due to the depression era, but he himself wasn't a romantic figure. considering that the movie completely eliminated the depression era from importance to the movie, you can't then turn a heartless bank robber into a romantic figure that he wasn't absent of those dynamics. And I can go on all day about how the reality of John Dillinger's exploits are extremely exciting and the filmmakers attempt to sensationalize them completely eliminated the actual drama of the story.

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12:13PM on 03/11/2010
I'm so glad Eastwood is doing this. Aside from perhaps a risk of being too suggestive, I'm not worried about Black as screenwriter, as he's proven himself in the biopic field to be fairly good. LOVED Billy Crudup as Hoover, one of the best interpretations I've seen.

Damon could play him, but I'm actually hoping for someone a little different. Maybe Peter Sarsgaard.
I'm so glad Eastwood is doing this. Aside from perhaps a risk of being too suggestive, I'm not worried about Black as screenwriter, as he's proven himself in the biopic field to be fairly good. LOVED Billy Crudup as Hoover, one of the best interpretations I've seen.

Damon could play him, but I'm actually hoping for someone a little different. Maybe Peter Sarsgaard.
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11:46AM on 03/11/2010

NICE

This is going to be good. I think TOM HANKS will be perfect in my opinion as HOOVER.
This is going to be good. I think TOM HANKS will be perfect in my opinion as HOOVER.
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11:35AM on 03/11/2010
This sounds awesome, and Eastwood is one of my favorite directors so I'm always excited when he takes on a new project. Plus Milk was awesome so it coming from the same writer is promising... but damn if I'm not more intrigued by that Extra Tidbit.
This sounds awesome, and Eastwood is one of my favorite directors so I'm always excited when he takes on a new project. Plus Milk was awesome so it coming from the same writer is promising... but damn if I'm not more intrigued by that Extra Tidbit.
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11:04AM on 03/11/2010

PUBLIC ENEMIES very underated

I agree with you that PUBLIC ENEMIES was extremely underrated. Crudup did a fine job as Hoover. I can't see anyone else takin on that role. Though I'm not too excited about the writer from MILK doin the scripts, It's still an Eastwood film.
Regarding the Extra Tidbit, Where is this video and where can I find it?
I agree with you that PUBLIC ENEMIES was extremely underrated. Crudup did a fine job as Hoover. I can't see anyone else takin on that role. Though I'm not too excited about the writer from MILK doin the scripts, It's still an Eastwood film.
Regarding the Extra Tidbit, Where is this video and where can I find it?
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7:35AM on 03/11/2010
Any movie news regarding Clint Eastwood is music to my ear. For J. Edgar Hoover, maybe Matt Damon? For me he was quite convincing for his role in Invictus. If Eastwood like his performance in Invictus, Damon might be Hoover.
Any movie news regarding Clint Eastwood is music to my ear. For J. Edgar Hoover, maybe Matt Damon? For me he was quite convincing for his role in Invictus. If Eastwood like his performance in Invictus, Damon might be Hoover.
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12:10PM on 03/11/2010
Damon played a similar role (to Hoover) in The Good Shephard.
Damon played a similar role (to Hoover) in The Good Shephard.
6:08AM on 03/11/2010
Sounds good to me and I thought Billy Crudup was quite good, maybe he should cast him lol! I love Eastwood, I am sure this will turn out good, with a really good writer on board, yep please.
Sounds good to me and I thought Billy Crudup was quite good, maybe he should cast him lol! I love Eastwood, I am sure this will turn out good, with a really good writer on board, yep please.
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5:54AM on 03/11/2010

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