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Why does Leo DiCaprio in J. Edgar look like a vampire?

Aug. 12, 2011by: Mike Sampson

The trailer for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. EDGAR is in theaters this weekend with THE HELP and should be online later today but until then Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Leonardo DiCaprio as the former FBI director. And he looks like a vampire.

By comparison, here's a photo of J. Edgar Hoover as a man of approximately DiCaprio's age.

Now here's a photo of Danny Huston from 30 DAYS OF NIGHT.

Looks a little more vampiric, no? OK so it's one early photo and perhaps DiCaprio's contacts look a little dark in that one shot. But kinda creepy so far. I'll update as soon as the trailer comes online and we'll get a much better look at how Leo looks and sounds like Hoover.

Source: EW

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7:26PM on 08/14/2011
I've looked at the picture pretty closely and how the hell you thought vampire when looking at this I'll never understand. Yeah I guess he's making a face that could be the face of a vampire but you'd have to be looking for it.
I've looked at the picture pretty closely and how the hell you thought vampire when looking at this I'll never understand. Yeah I guess he's making a face that could be the face of a vampire but you'd have to be looking for it.
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8:14PM on 08/13/2011

I love Leonardo DiCaprio

I really do think he's tops!
But, perhaps directors should cool their jets in casting him in every single role that has even the slightest whiff of awards potential. I mean, there are so many great actors out there, that they don't HAVE to put him in everything. Even the greatest actors in the world can't play everything with 100% success every time. This is how I feel about Leo since Shutter Island and Inception. Two cases, for me anyway, where he seemed like he didn't belong in the role,
I really do think he's tops!
But, perhaps directors should cool their jets in casting him in every single role that has even the slightest whiff of awards potential. I mean, there are so many great actors out there, that they don't HAVE to put him in everything. Even the greatest actors in the world can't play everything with 100% success every time. This is how I feel about Leo since Shutter Island and Inception. Two cases, for me anyway, where he seemed like he didn't belong in the role, and was less memorable then his supporting actors. This is especially true with Tom Hardy in 'Inception', and Michelle Williams and Jackie Earle Haley in 'Shutter Island'. (Both of which were cameos). I feel Leo perhaps needs to lighten up, take a year off, film some comedy, (highbrow humour of course), or work with a young director fresh off the festival circuit with a small budget, before making another elite epic. Otherwise I can see some people becoming a bit weary of him.
Personally I think the best actors are the ones who can juggle several different genres, often at once. So in that regard I place Jeff Bridges in higher regards to Leo right now.
I know this was slightly off topic, but this is how I feel when I see the overly "actory" shot of him as Hoover.
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12:08PM on 08/13/2011

Whoa, Nelly!

Ya'll need to slow yer roll. It's an innocent headline. Actually, it made the article more interesting, obviously. This isn't one of those instances of egregious bias, say, as in all the vitriolic articles targeting Dreamworks animation. Mike Sampson, I'd note, does not take place in said vitriolic articles. He simply jests. Get over your aversion to all things Vampyre. The Twilight fiasco will be over soon (fingers crossed)
Ya'll need to slow yer roll. It's an innocent headline. Actually, it made the article more interesting, obviously. This isn't one of those instances of egregious bias, say, as in all the vitriolic articles targeting Dreamworks animation. Mike Sampson, I'd note, does not take place in said vitriolic articles. He simply jests. Get over your aversion to all things Vampyre. The Twilight fiasco will be over soon (fingers crossed)
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11:38AM on 08/13/2011

meh..

i didn't hate or love this article..

thanks for ruining this photo for me tho lol waiting for the trailer to get posted
i didn't hate or love this article..

thanks for ruining this photo for me tho lol waiting for the trailer to get posted
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10:18AM on 08/13/2011
I don't know if DiCaprio was the best pick, but I do want to say that judging from that pic he's surpassed my expectations. And the vampire angle is thin.
I don't know if DiCaprio was the best pick, but I do want to say that judging from that pic he's surpassed my expectations. And the vampire angle is thin.
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10:04AM on 08/13/2011
I totally thought J. Edgar was a vampire anyway. Was he not?
I totally thought J. Edgar was a vampire anyway. Was he not?
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12:27AM on 08/13/2011
When writing an article, please stop reaching across the table for a laugh. if it's there, grab it, if not, leave it be.
When writing an article, please stop reaching across the table for a laugh. if it's there, grab it, if not, leave it be.
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1:19AM on 08/13/2011
Where does Sampson reach for a laugh? None of the words he used were grabbing for laughs, and the article is about how the picture they released makes him look like a vampire with the big black irises! hilarious!
Where does Sampson reach for a laugh? None of the words he used were grabbing for laughs, and the article is about how the picture they released makes him look like a vampire with the big black irises! hilarious!
9:26PM on 08/12/2011
I just want to apologise if I came across condescending in my earlier comment. I did not mean to attack Mike Sampson's writing abilities - so I'm sorry if it seems that way.
I still stand by my opinion that Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't look like a vampire in that still but I respect that everybody is allowed their own opinion.
I just want to apologise if I came across condescending in my earlier comment. I did not mean to attack Mike Sampson's writing abilities - so I'm sorry if it seems that way.
I still stand by my opinion that Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't look like a vampire in that still but I respect that everybody is allowed their own opinion.
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12:14PM on 08/13/2011
dude calm down
dude calm down
7:49AM on 08/14/2011
Errr... I am calm. How about you relax a little and stop looking for trouble where there is none. :)
Errr... I am calm. How about you relax a little and stop looking for trouble where there is none. :)
7:39PM on 08/12/2011
Hahaha i laughed so hard at this. Good comparison mike! He does look it for sure but its more less the lighting like you said!
Hahaha i laughed so hard at this. Good comparison mike! He does look it for sure but its more less the lighting like you said!
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6:31PM on 08/12/2011
Considering that J. Edgar Hoover was a cold, evil, malicious son of a bitch (guy hated Martin Luther King Jr of all people) I think they nailed him. And everyone should get the hell off Mike's case, geez!
Considering that J. Edgar Hoover was a cold, evil, malicious son of a bitch (guy hated Martin Luther King Jr of all people) I think they nailed him. And everyone should get the hell off Mike's case, geez!
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4:14PM on 08/12/2011

Scary resemblence...

Good one Mike, fully agree.
Good one Mike, fully agree.
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3:55PM on 08/12/2011

Danny Huston's vampire...

... always looked like Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys to me.
... always looked like Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys to me.
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3:29PM on 08/12/2011
And from what we know about J. Edgar Hoover, he sucked a few things.
And from what we know about J. Edgar Hoover, he sucked a few things.
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3:29PM on 08/12/2011
Goddamn people. Get a sense of humor. Very funny Mike. He looks like he can suck some blood.
Goddamn people. Get a sense of humor. Very funny Mike. He looks like he can suck some blood.
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3:19PM on 08/12/2011
You people are far too feeble to comprehend the genius of Mike Sampson. Don't you understand that he has invoked a complex metaphor to imply that Leo is playing a real-life character known for sucking guys until stuff came out.
You people are far too feeble to comprehend the genius of Mike Sampson. Don't you understand that he has invoked a complex metaphor to imply that Leo is playing a real-life character known for sucking guys until stuff came out.
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12:18PM on 08/13/2011
i don't know if i'd go so far as to say "genius" but you're right in that it's a simple play on words and way too big a deal has been made already about this topic
i don't know if i'd go so far as to say "genius" but you're right in that it's a simple play on words and way too big a deal has been made already about this topic
3:16PM on 08/12/2011
This movie is on my must list. I've read books on J. Edgar, and can't wait. It'd be funny if he did turn into Danny Huston in the middle of that court session and killed everyone.
This movie is on my must list. I've read books on J. Edgar, and can't wait. It'd be funny if he did turn into Danny Huston in the middle of that court session and killed everyone.
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3:11PM on 08/12/2011

HA!

I laughed out loud when I scrolled down and saw the vampire pic...and as for everyone hating on the humor?...the humor is one of the reasons i come to this site...would you all prefer a site that would only shows the pic, some info, and then the release date?...cause there are plenty of other sites that do that....the people at Joblo care enough to add a little something to their work and i for one appreciate it...(end of ass kissing)
I laughed out loud when I scrolled down and saw the vampire pic...and as for everyone hating on the humor?...the humor is one of the reasons i come to this site...would you all prefer a site that would only shows the pic, some info, and then the release date?...cause there are plenty of other sites that do that....the people at Joblo care enough to add a little something to their work and i for one appreciate it...(end of ass kissing)
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2:51PM on 08/12/2011
It wasn't supposed to be ha-ha funny. It was literally the first thing I noticed when I looked at the photo. It's a slow news day and I'm the only one here on the site today, cut me some slack, jack! (Bonus of being a slow news day: I'm around to wield the banning stick!)
It wasn't supposed to be ha-ha funny. It was literally the first thing I noticed when I looked at the photo. It's a slow news day and I'm the only one here on the site today, cut me some slack, jack! (Bonus of being a slow news day: I'm around to wield the banning stick!)
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12:20PM on 08/13/2011
this dude right here "icanmake..." whatever the f*** is super obnoxious. wield that stick!
this dude right here "icanmake..." whatever the f*** is super obnoxious. wield that stick!
2:43PM on 08/12/2011
I thought it was pretty funny Mike... and even if I didn't...who gives a shit...
I thought it was pretty funny Mike... and even if I didn't...who gives a shit...
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2:26PM on 08/12/2011

No Leo doesn't look like a vampire at all

What have you been smoking Mike?
What have you been smoking Mike?
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2:04PM on 08/12/2011
I also don't see the vampire thing. At all.
What's wrong with just revealing the first official still of J. Edgar and titling the article as such?
I also don't see the vampire thing. At all.
What's wrong with just revealing the first official still of J. Edgar and titling the article as such?
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1:51PM on 08/12/2011

No...

he doesn't look like a vampire at all.
he doesn't look like a vampire at all.
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1:40PM on 08/12/2011
Hey, so you don't think the joke is funny, that's great, but don't be douches.
Hey, so you don't think the joke is funny, that's great, but don't be douches.
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2:07PM on 08/12/2011
Agreed!!
Agreed!!
5:38PM on 08/12/2011
Problem is the title. If he were to do just a quick quip within the article, it's okay; but by making the title as such, he is associating Leo and this movie to vampires, who in recent years have had bad rep from all the Twilight shit.
Problem is the title. If he were to do just a quick quip within the article, it's okay; but by making the title as such, he is associating Leo and this movie to vampires, who in recent years have had bad rep from all the Twilight shit.
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1:28PM on 08/12/2011
That's quite a stretch. And not funny at all.
That's quite a stretch. And not funny at all.
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1:19PM on 08/12/2011
Uh no he doesn't. Why you trying to stir shit with the headline title?
Uh no he doesn't. Why you trying to stir shit with the headline title?
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12:57PM on 08/12/2011

LOL

The lighting casts scary shadows on his face too.
The lighting casts scary shadows on his face too.
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