Posted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:40 AM PDT
Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan is flaming mad over Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover as gay in their new movie, J. Edgar, reports USA Today.
Kortan says Eastwood and DiCaprio came to him for information on Hoover, and they were told, "Vague rumors and fabrications have cropped up from time to time, but there is no evidence in the historical record."
Former agents have campaigned against the depiction of the rumored relationship between Hoover and his top aide, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer in the film.)
William Branon, chairman of The J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, said:
- "There is no basis in fact for such a portrayal of Mr. Hoover. It would be a grave injustice and monumental distortion to proceed with such a depiction ..."
It's currently unclear how far the film takes the idea of a homosexual relationship between Hoover and Tolson, though the trailer (above) shows them holding hands.
J. Edgar is scheduled for release next month.
Cartha "Deke" DeLoach, a former top aide to Hoover, said he and DiCaprio discussed Hoover's personal life as part of a three-hour visit the actor made to DeLoach's home when he was researching the role.
DeLoach, 91, said:
- "When the subject of homosexuality came up, I made it very clear that I never saw any evidence of it whatsoever. I traveled with him, I ate in his home and he in mine. I knew Clyde Tolson to be Mr. Hoover's companion and best friend. When you are somebody like Mr. Hoover, I guess you need somebody to talk to."
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