October 21, 2011, - 5:00 pm
Whenever people tell me, “It’s only a movie,” I wish they were right. Sadly, when Hollywood takes on real people and events in history, it lies about them, and the stupid “E! True Hollywood Story” generation (and their idiotic parents) believe it to be fact. Whether it’s “JFK” spouting conspiracy theories not based in fact, or “Munich” showing us guilt-ridden Mossad agents who killed Islamic terrorists behind the Munich Olympic massacre, these movies put out blatant myths as fact. And it’s dangerous. And so it goes with the new Clint Eastwood movie, “J. Edgar,” which debuts November 9th and shows Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCrapio–no typo) making out with his top aide, Clyde Tolson (played by Armand Hammer heir, Armie Hammer). Many retired FBI agents are rightfully upset about this.
Then, there are the former FBI agents, who served under or with Hoover in a time before the FBI became known as “Famous But Incompetent” to every other branch of federal, state, and local law enforcement. The agents note, as I have, that there just isn’t any proof Hoover was gay. And, yet, Eastwood, after being contacted by them and consulting the agency, chose to take license with it and make the movie anyway. He and the Hollywood liberal elite know that, without the salacious but unproven gay story, there’s no movie. And, sadly, Hoover isn’t around to defend himself against it. If he were, he might file a defamation lawsuit, and that’s why they usually make this fictional crap after the subject is gone.
The director and star of the upcoming Hollywood film on J. Edgar Hoover sought information from officials at FBI headquarters about disputed aspects of the iconic former FBI director’s sexual life while preparing the movie.
Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan said that in separate meetings this year with director Clint Eastwood and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Hoover in the film scheduled for release next month, both men broached the issue of Hoover’s sexuality. They were told, “Vague rumors and fabrications have cropped up from time to time, but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue.”
Kortan said the Hollywood film titans requested the meetings. He said the bureau did not attempt to shape the outcome of the movie, titled J. Edgar.
“We provided information so that their story could be accurate,” he said. “What they did with it, as with any production, has been entirely in their hands,” he said.
Groups of former agents have campaigned forcefully against any depiction of the long-rumored sexual relationship between Hoover and former top aide Clyde Tolson.
“There is no basis in fact for such a portrayal of Mr. Hoover,” William Branon, chairman of The J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, wrote to Eastwood this year. “It would be a grave injustice and monumental distortion to proceed with such a depiction based on a completely unfounded and spurious assertion.”
The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI fired off a similar missive, saying a “rumored kissing scene,” reported in early media accounts involving the actors portraying Hoover and Tolson, “caused us to reassess our tacit approval of your film.”
Eastwood and DiCaprio were not available for comment. Eastwood and producer Robert Lorenz responded to the foundation in a letter in April, saying they gave no “credence to cross-dressing allegations” that also have shadowed Hoover and did not intend to portray “an open homosexual relationship” between Hoover and Tolson.
Uh, clearly they intended to portray it. There’s a make-out scene. Hellooo . . .?
William Baker, a former agent and Hoover foundation vice president, characterized Eastwood’s letter as “polite, but non-committal.”
“Concern still persists,” Baker said. None of the agents interviewed has seen the film. What alarms them is what Baker has heard from people familiar with the movie and a suggestive image in the movie’s trailer: Hoover’s character clutching the hand of Tolson, played by Armie Hammer.
“We’re caught in a dilemma here,” Baker said. “We don’t want to support something not based in fact, but we’re not against the new FBI and diverse workplace.”
Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a former top aide to the FBI director, said he and DiCaprio discussed Hoover’s private life as part of the actor’s three-hour visit to DeLoach’s South Carolina home.
“When the subject of homosexuality came up, I made it very clear that I never saw any evidence of it whatsoever,” said DeLoach, 91, who served as Hoover’s deputy director for more than five years. “I traveled with him, I ate in his home and he in mine. I knew Clyde Tolson to be Mr. Hoover’s companion and best friend. When you are somebody like Mr. Hoover, I guess you need somebody to talk to.”
I haven’t seen “J. Edgar” yet, but I will definitely look at it with a critical eye when I do. As longtime readers know, I don’t like movies that take on real life and portray fiction as fact. Without actual proof that J. Edgar Hoover had relationships with men beyond the platonic and professional, this movie is a disservice and a fraud.
And, frankly, I’m not sure how it’s relevant. In the case of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, it’s different. A wannabe-closeted lesbian, Napolitano appointed her girlfriend, Dora Schriro–an uber-liberal and a joke who attacked prison guards and gave prisoners birthday parties in Arizona prisons, to set immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security, and now the agency is spending gazillions more to entertain illegal aliens, while refusing to arrest any aliens but for those with violent criminal records. Then, she got her girlfriend Schriro the plum job of running the New York Bureau of Prisons, where Schriro let an Islamic imam smuggle box-cutters into the prison.
That’s a clear-cut case in which a relationship is noteworthy and detrimental. But in the case of J. Edgar Hoover, even if he was gay (which we don’t know for sure), where is the evidence that it had anything to do with the success or failure of the agency?
To me, it’s just another Hollywood attempt to take down a respected law enforcement authority figure who isn’t around to dispute the cinematic low blow. And it goes hand in hand with Hollywood’s consistent promotion of criminals and terrorists as the wrongly accused and the victims.
That’s what J. Edgar is really all about. Bet on it.
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