As part of their research for J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio separately met with Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan to talk about the film’s titular subject. USA Today reports that both Eastwood and DiCaprio brought up J. Edgar Hoover’s rumored homosexuality during their meetings, to which Kortan replied, “Vague rumors and fabrications have cropped up from time to time, but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue.” Perhaps the historical record is shady because Hoover was reported to have “hunted down and threatened anyone who dared to utter an innuendo about his sexual preference.”
Kortan mentioned that neither he nor the FBI had any intention of changing or influencing Eastwood’s film, which is a supremely un-Hoover move. For the 1959 film The FBI Story, Hoover reportedly had scenes removed that he felt portrayed the FBI in a negative light. This is odd because The FBI Story is entirely about how great the FBI is.
Had Eastwood and DiCaprio visited with Hoover himself to ask about his rumored homosexuality, they’d get a little more than a levelheaded yet boilerplate response. We imagine their phones would be bugged, their movements would be tailed, and they’d be blackmailed so hard, the next 20 films they made would be about how J. Edgar Hoover single-handedly ended crime while winning the award for “Straightest Man in America.”
Then again, J. Edgar isn’t out until November 9th. For all anyone knows, it could be about a super-hetero crime-fighter who only looked at men during perp walks.