Clint Eastwood Says Joaquin Phoenix is Not in 'Hoover' Biopic

October 12, 2010
Source: Reuters

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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?

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This project just fell off my radar.

Ben on Oct 12, 2010


No interest in Joaquin Pheonix whatsoever. Good move, keep that self-indulgent jerk off the screens for as long as possible.

Voice of Reason on Oct 12, 2010


it's 21st not 21th And you said nothing in that post about this being a rumor, you just bashed Phoenix's acting the entire time.

peloquin on Oct 12, 2010


Shero, who really cares...

Chad on Oct 12, 2010


I hope he never works again.

Nick on Oct 12, 2010


@ #5, shero, Joaquin Phoenix announced his retirement from acting as part of his masquerade for the faux documentary I'm Still Here. He already has his next film lined up, but it's an indie drama. This would have been his big return to studio films. That's why his casting in an Eastwood movie didn't seem out of the question. Also the news came from Vulture at New York Magazine which is a very reputable source for a lot of movie news. The idea wasn't as outlandish or as unlikely as you think, but now we know it's not happening. Hope that clears things up for you.

Ethan Anderton on Oct 12, 2010


How sad is it that you have to even put in the disclaimer hoping no one freaks about him saying "problem" and "gay" in the same sentence, People just love to stretch anything into a bigot scandal and it is getting old. ("The Dilemma" trailer)

Annoyed on Oct 12, 2010


Eastwood is the man! People are way to sensitive now a days and THATS a problem.

D on Oct 12, 2010

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