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Depictions of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the film released earlier this month by director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black are not going over well with former agents at the bureau.
TheWashington Post reports that retired FBI agents en masse have taken issue with the film's rendering of Hoover as gay and thoroughly conniving. Their ire has been aired publicly and discussed privately via a closed e-mail list called xgboys.
"I don't know anyone who's not extremely upset," said Bill Branon, a former agent and chairman of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation. "It's not only because of our admiration for him. It's the fact it's just not true. If it were true, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. But don't do that to the poor guy when he's dead and gone."
Black and Eastwood declined comment for the story (read the article here).