FBI takes issue with Eastwood's Hoover film

By Robert Kirchgassner,

The FBI expressed its unhappiness with Clint Eastwood’s upcoming movie about the late FBI head J. Edgar Hoover.

The Bureau is criticizing the film for portraying the late Hoover in a false light, entitled J. Edgar, which is directed by Eastwood.

Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan reportedly tried to persuade Eastwood from depicting Hoover’s rumored homosexuality in the film, specifically with his aide Clyde Tolson.

"Vague rumors and fabrications have cropped up from time to time," Kortan said, "but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue."

William Branon, chairman of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation wrote a letter to Eastwood which stated that Hoover was not homosexual, and portraying him as such would only damage his reputation. Branon also called the screenplay’s author, Dustin Lance Black, one of questionable repute. Black won an Oscar for writing Milk (2008). He also stated that gay content makes up a third of the script.

J. Edgar will be released in November with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

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