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DiCaprio on 'eccentric' Hoover

Published 23/12/2011 | 11:42

Leonardo Di Caprio meticulously researched the role
Leonardo Di Caprio meticulously researched the role

Leonardo DiCaprio said J Edgar Hoover has so many "eccentricities" that they couldn't fit them all in J Edgar the film.

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The actor plays the late founder of the FBI in Clint Eastwood's upcoming movie, and said it was impossible to portray every element of his complex character on screen.

In a video posted on The Hollywood Reporter, he said: "He really was a crockpot of eccentricities, we couldn't even fit them all on screen. The man lived with his mother until he was 40 years old, he never had a personal relationship of any kind, whatever happened behind closed doors no one ever got to see."

Leo added that he had visited the Hoovers' home, spent a day at the FBI Headquarters and met one of his former colleagues to research the role, and spoke highly of Eastwood's style of directing.

He said: "He's a director that relies on his own instincts and pushes you as an actor to trust your own instincts because as a director he trusts his."

Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the screenplay, described his motivation for writing the script, saying: "I thought what a shame we don't truly understand the man who shaped this country."

:: J Edgar is out in cinemas on 20 January 2012.

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