A couple of weeks ago, a /clint-eastwood-wants-joaquin-phoenix-for-hoover-biopic/rumor sprouted that Joaquin Phoenix was joining the cast of Hoover. It was said that director Clint Eastwood wanted the retired actor to play J. Edgar Hoover's gay lover and protégé Clyde Tolson in this biopic. In a recent interview with Reuters, Eastwood has denied the rumor.

The director did confirm that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play the lead in Hoover, but that Joaquin Phoenix had never been considered, and that talks for him to join the project never took place.

About the rumor, Clint Eastwood had this to say:

"No. I don't know where that came from...didn't he become a rapper?"

About getting Leonardo DiCaprio to play J. Edgar Hoover, the director stated:

"It's a great role for him. [J. Edgar Hoover] 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."

There is no official word on who will play Clyde Tolson opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Hoover, but we will be sure to keep you informed as soon as an announcement is made.

B. Alan Orange