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Clint Eastwood Denies Casting Joaquin Phoenix in Hoover Biopic


Clint Eastwood Denies Casting Joaquin Phoenix in Hoover Biopic

After rumors began swirling that Joaquin Phoenix was going to resurrect his acting career by appearing in the new J. Edgar Hoover biography, director Clint Eastwood is denying the claims. is reporting that while Leonardo DiCaprio has been signed to star as the founder of the FBI, the movie’s screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, previously suggested that Phoenix was in the running to play Hoover’s protege and suspected lover, Clyde Tolson.

When asked about the casting rumors, Eastwood said, “No, I don’t know where that came from.” But he subtly confirmed that the movie will discuss Hoover’s rumored homosexuality, saying “He was a very complex person. The homosexual aspect is just one of many.”

The film is also receiving hype for the fact that Hoover was famously secretive about his life. Cinemablend also reported that Eastwood’s response hints that he will touch on subjects Hoover wouldn’t want people to know about him.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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