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Clint Eastwood Movie on J. Edgar Hoover Likely to Stir More Speculation

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Speculation over the lifestyle of J. Edgar Hoover is likely to heat up again as Clint Eastwood prepares to make a film at Warner Bros. on the legendary FBI director.

New York magazine’s website Vulture reports that that actor Joaquin Phoenix “is said to be the director’s top choice to play J. Edgar Hoover’s reputed paramour and protégé, Clyde Tolson.” Leonardo DiCaprio, at this time, is supposed to play Hoover.

In other words, the website is saying Tolson, the associate director of the FBI, will not  only play Hoover’s good buddy, but his lover as well.

For decades now there have been persistent  rumors about Hoover that some insist are simply that — just rumors with no basis or fact.

Still, the site reports: “For those unfamiliar with Tolson and Hoover, they really were the original “Ambiguously Gay Duo”: As the associate director of the FBI from 1947 to 1972, Tolson was in daily close contact with Hoover at the office, but even more interesting, the pair also dined, socialized in night clubs, and even vacationed together.”

“Neither man ever admitted to being gay, and Hoover was known for hunting down and intimidating those who dared questioned his sexual preference while he was alive,” the website reported.

“But Hoover’s actions in death seem to suggest they were more than simply pals in life: When Hoover died, Tolson was not only the beneficiary of Hoover’s life-insurance policy, he also inherited Hoover’s estate and moved into his house.”

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