How Does J. Edgar Handle The Gay Stuff?

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Clint Eastwood's film about FBI tough guy J. Edgar Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is almost upon us, and already there's word about how the gay content we've long heard about is treated, if at all.

Says Todd McCarthy in his Hollywood Reporter review:


"[J. Edgar] was also a fastidious, self-righteous public tough guy who lived with his mother until she died and may or may not have been intimately involved with his longtime partner and professional second in command, Clyde Tolson, portrayed here in excellent, if rather glamorized fashion by Armie Hammer.

"The truth about the domestic relationship is probably forever unknowable, but the way the homoerotic undertones and impulses are handled is one of the best things about the film; the emotional dynamics, given all the social and political actors at play, feel entirely credible, and DiCaprio and Hammer excel during the exchanges of innuendo, covert desire, recriminations, and mutual understanding."


Sounds like the movie presents a slightly blurry, covert, innuendo-laden guesstimate of things that were already pretty blurry, covert, and innuendo-laden to begin with, in a sort of unknowable way.

Still, I plan to go to the theater naked in a trenchcoat.



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Melinda9
Melinda9

The reviews aren't clear - is CE's theory that JEH was a worthless sack of human garbage and ruined people's lives because he couldn't be openly gay?

Charlio
Charlio

Just saw J Edgar.....Too long, too dull, & very disappointing. 

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

If you get arrested in your trench coat, tell the judge you were just being, "slightly blurry, covert, and innuendo-laden"  I bet you'll get off.     ("get off")  

Movielover
Movielover

This is useful information!  I was undecided about going to see it, now I'm going.  Thank you, Mikey!

Jay Schiavone
Jay Schiavone

"Still, I plan to go to the theater naked in a trench coat."I thought you already saw Puss In Boots.

Kathleen Warnock
Kathleen Warnock

"Still, I plan to go to the theater naked in a trenchcoat."

Good call.

rolph
rolph

A lot of reviews have been negative. Glad to see something that says it's well handled.

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

After dusk, certainly when the coast is clear, one can urinate on their graves.

Musto
Musto

This blog's own Dave Cuthbert sent this letter to the NY Times:

Re: "Risk Taker: Leonardo Di Caprio, About to Star as J. Edgar Hoover, Says He Isn't Afraid of Complicated Characters." Nov. 6, 2001 New York Times Arts & LeisureIn Brooks Barnes' article on Leonardo Di Caprio and his performance in the forthcoming film, "J. Edgar," Barnes cites DiCaprio's challenges in the role, among them that he had to "wrestle aggressively with a man and then kiss him. "Oh, and wear a dress."However, this amounts to child's play when one considers "Total Eclipse" (1995) in which DiCaprio played young poet extraordinaire Arthur Rimbaud to David Thewlis'  Paul Verlaine. The film concentrates on the two poets' tumultuous, sado-masochistic love affair. It includes much more than one kiss, including a graphic scene where Rimbaud sodomizes Verlaine.Given the sexual aspect in "J. Edgar," I find it odd that "Total Eclipse" is not even mentioned in the article or broached in the interview with DiCaprio.You want "complicated"? Try "Total Eclipse," written by Christopher Hampton and directed by Agniezka Holland.David Cuthbert

Abalone
Abalone

Me too! Arme Hammer is way hot and mch more so than Clyde Tolson ever was.

CMG
CMG

I am not even sure if there is an actor in existence with Tolson's jawline. 

Thank goodness they did not ugly him up.  I guess they decided there was enough work on Leo for whole movie.  

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