Clint Eastwood Says Joaquin Phoenix is Not in 'Hoover' Biopic
Last month we got word that masquerading, bearded rapper Joaquin Phoenix might make his triumphant return to acting playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Eastwood's biopic Hoover. Word on the street was that director Clint Eastwood wanted the actor to play J. Edgar Hoover's protégé/suspected lover Clyde Tolson. However, in a recent interview with Retuers (via SlashFilm) when asked if there was any truth to the reports of Phoenix's involvement, Eastwood responded rather simply and hilariously with: "No. I don't know where that came from. Didn't he become a rapper?" Luckily, Eastwood had more to say about the project.
Eastwood spoke candidly about his approach to Hoover and his life in regards to this project:
"He was a very complex person. The homosexual aspect is just one of many. I would say that’s the least of his problems. But he was also very clever, whether rightfully or wrongfully, he was very clever about keeping himself in a certain position in life, so it is an interesting study. He is a fascinating character, and I think I am the right person to do it, not because I knew him or anything, but I did grow up with him. He was an iconic figure."
Before anyone freaks out about Eastwood referring to his supposed homosexuality as a "problem," it's clear he's referring to keeping his affair secret as the problem in question and not saying that simply being gay is a problem. Of course the issue here is the fact that Hoover so adamantly denied his homosexuality and had to hide it from his friends, family and colleagues. However, since Eastwood grew up when Hoover was in the limelight, a time when "comic books with him on the cover with machine guns and all that," he thinks he can do the man's life story justice onscreen. Hopefully DiCaprio is up to that huge task as well. Sound good?