'J. Edgar' trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio's FBI chief always gets his man

From the first glimpse at J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s star-studded biopic of the controversial FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, it’s clear that Leonardo DiCaprio thinks his performance in The Aviator was child’s play. That 2004 movie focused on a few chapters of the life of dynamic entrepreneur Howard Hughes, before eccentricities turned him into a recluse. J. Edgar is much more ambitious, with clips in the trailer capturing Hoover’s childhood, his role in the establishment of the FBI in the 1930s, and his consolidation of power that lasted into the Nixon administration. With the help of make-up, DiCaprio ages from his 30s in to his 70s. It’s certainly an epic undertaking for any actor. Take a look.

“It’s time this generation learned the difference between villain and hero,” intones DiCaprio’s Hoover, in what is surely an accent folks will be discussing. Hoover is a polarizing figure in the history books, and the film’s success will rely on whether Eastwood & Co. can remind audiences of Hoover’s idealism and patriotism, before getting entangled in the moral compromises represented by comments like, “Sometimes you need to bend the rules a little in order to keep your country safe.”

As for Hoover’s sexuality, Eastwood has said his film would leave that question “up for the audience to decide.” But the trailer seems to hint that his relationship with assistant Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) will be depicted as more than just professional. When he tells Tolson “You understand, I need you,” it seems like more than just business, and their subsequent argument feels like a lovers’ quarrel.

Was it jarring to see DiCaprio as old Hoover, and does his accent give you pause? Does the high degree-of-difficulty of playing Hoover over the span of a lifetime immediately put DiCaprio in the mix for Best Actor?

Read more:
‘J. Edgar’ to play AFI Fest
First Look: Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘J. Edgar’

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  • shane

    Oh please please PLEASE let Leo finally win his so-deserved Oscar.

    • Stormy

      Which designer gets to do the gowns for the cross-dressing Hoover?

      • Charlie

        You hit it right on the head….Let Leo put the dress on!
        and tell the Mob…. I wont tell if you dont’ tell!!!

  • xavier

    Looks like boring Oscar bait

  • William Forrester

    I think Leonardo will surely get a nomination for an Academy Award. I think he’ll get a Oscar nomination at least. He is incredible and he is amazing. And I think he will get it. It’s an incredible performance, just wonderful.

    • Kelcie

      I agree. I only realized DICaprio was the old man by the last shot. I can’t wait to see what this man does. Brilliant.

    • AnnaZed

      Wow, you really are posting this exact post on every single blog all over the net. Is someone paying you? Leo doesn’t need this kind of shameless unreflexive help. He won’t thank you.

  • Madam Gaga

    Woooo!! Absolutely breathtaking! Oscars for ALL involved! Lots of Oscars!

    • punch drunk fool

      hahaha
      -and an Oscar for and for u sir and for u wait a minute what’d u do?
      -I gave eastwood water
      -and heres an Oscar for u!

      • obviously an idiot

        -and an Oscar for u! Wait who are u?
        -Uh I played the lead. I’m Leonardo DiCaprio
        -sorry were gonna need that Oscar back but hey now being nominated a bunch is cool! just ask Peter o toole.

        it’s funny cause theyll never give Leo an Oscar for some reason.

  • Yorky

    What the hell are you people smoking? That accent Leo’s doing is woeful, he’s done much better than that in past films & that aging make-up looks a bit dodgy.
    Though as already stated it’s Oscar bait so it’s clearly going to get nominations.

  • Julie

    Anyone aware of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”. Of course since it’s full of talk and any violence is minimal it will seem boring to some. But it has truely great acting & it will have Oscar nominations and Best Actor nomination for Gary Oldman (and would hope for some others in supporting). It could be Gary’s year to win. But someone else may sneak up.
    It is going to be a year of excellent movies tho.

  • lexi

    They should make a trailer of this and cut in scenes from Public Enemies.. i saw the John Dillinger placard on the wall, i think both Leo and Johnny Depp deserve Oscars.

  • Angie

    Leo is the BEST actor out there right now!! He deserves multiple oscars… I hope this one will be it!!!

    • Stormy

      Did you bring enough drugs for everyone? Leo isn’t bad, but he’s far from being the best actor out there now. He’s light years behind quite a few of the more senior actors [Hoffman, Pacino, DeNiro etc.] and well behind some contemporaries [ Giamatti, Norton, Pitt, etc.]. There are a lot of people who simply can’t stand him and won’t see a film if he’s in it.

  • KHS

    LEO FOR THE WIN! Can’t wait to see this!

  • Katrina DiCaprio

    Hello Platter/nationals, hell

    The wife

  • Terry

    Leonardo DiCaprio has proven himself a gifted actor over and over again. And Eastwood deserves many accolades just for his incredible ability to produce outstanding work almost effortlessly and with amazing speed. He just gets the job done with no pretense. Kudos to both.

  • Charlie

    Is he gonna put a dress on in the movie?/?? LOL

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