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Clint Eastwood Says His Film Shows Hoover's Crossdressing

Clint Eastwood Says His Film Shows Hoover's Crossdressing

J. Edgar director Clint Eastwood thinks FBI founder Hoover may have been a crossdresser, but says it may just be a rumor started out of vengeance, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Eastwood discusses the research involved in making the film. "Along the way, people accused him of [that]," Eastwood tells the Reporter. "But nobody knows how accurate it was. Evidently the woman who accused him of that, her husband had been sent to the slammer by Hoover. So you don't know how much was vengeance." Eastwood, however, says he believes "there is a certain amount of truth" to all the allegations, but wanted to retain some ambiguity. One scene in the film shows Hoover wearing his mother's dress."

The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is based on a screenplay by Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, and will open nationally November 9.
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