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'Burn Notice' Star Jeffrey Donovan Will Play Bobby Kennedy In Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 8, 2011 8:13 AM
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With lensing underway for a couple of weeks now on Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," it looks like the director is still filling in bits and pieces of his cast as he goes along.

Jeffrey Donovan, star of the USA network series "Burn Notice," tweeted today (via Collider): "I fly to LA Sunday. I have been [cast] as Bobby Kennedy opposite LD in HOOVER. excited. working with Mr Eastwood again. Dreams come true." Again? Yep, the actor also appeared in the helmer's 2008 film "Changeling" and it looks like the old timer has taken a shine to the actor.

We don't imagine the role or appearance will be too significant in the film, but Kennedy did work with J. Edgar Hoover in battling organized crime when he was Attorney General. The two also butted heads over Martin Luther King, with Hoover uncovering alleged communist ties between the civil rights leader and some of his supporters; Kennedy urged King to drop contact with those persons. Later, Hoover got approval to tap King's phones for a limited time but ended up extending the clearance, digging deeper into King's life than Kennedy had permitted. Later, on the presidential campaign trailer, Kennedy's policies would shake up those inside and outside Washington with Hoover's "lover" Clyde Tolson reportedly saying, "I hope that someone shoots and kills the son of a bitch."

Donovan will join a stellar cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role with “The Social Network” breakout star Armie Hammer playing Hoover’s assistant/closeted lover Clyde Tolson; Josh Lucas as famed aviator Charles Lindbergh; Ed Westwick as Agent Smith, an operative gifted with writing skills; Damon Herriman as Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby; Judi Dench as Hoover’s mom; Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary; Ken Howard as lawyer and jurist Harlan F. Stone and Stephen Root as Arthur Koehler, a wood specialist at Forest Product Laboratories, who uses his expertise to help Hoover investigate the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby by tracing the origins of the ladder used by the perpetrator.

"J. Edgar" is expected in theaters this fall.

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3 Comments

  • Kevin Klawitter | March 8, 2011 10:02 AMReply

    This is a pleasant suprise. To be honest, I was expecting Matt Damon to get the part, small as it may be, because of his good working relationship with Eastwood.

    I'm still excited for Damon's RFK biopic, though.

    And I completely disagree with Bob. It's an excellent script, and just because it doesn't cover the parts bob wants it to doesn't mean it is a "joke". In fact, it DOES cover some of the things Bob mentions.

    The simple fact is that the movie is about J. Edgar Hoover the MAN and not J. Edgar Hoover the FBI head and conspiracy buff boogeyman. I love conspiracy theories as much as the next guy, but Dustin Lance Black's take on J. Eddy is much more complex and layered than bob's take on him probably would be.

  • paul | March 8, 2011 9:05 AMReply

    Would it be possible to ger a copy of the J. Edgar script? I'd genuinely appreciate it.

    foolboy2009@hotmail.com

  • bob | March 8, 2011 8:36 AMReply

    I've had the displeasure of reading Lance-Black's "Hoover" script and it's a joke. The script, oddly, spends more time with the Charles Lindbergh event than anything else. For those born yesterday, the Lindbergh event is boring and minor compared to Hoover's war on African-Americans, the American Indian, the Kennedy's, and so-called "communists." Hoover's FBI was a morally bankrupt organization that targeted American citizens who did nothing wrong. In fact, only 2% of Hoover's investigations during his entire tenure led to prosecutions.

    The scene in the script featuring RFK shows that Lance-Black thinks JFK's affairs with women is the sum total of him and the Kennedys. I urge the playlist to read the script again and then ready BOOKS about Hoover and his FBI. Comparing the historical record to Black's script makes one wonder what Leo and Eastwood are drinking. The fact that Hoover was a closet homosexual should not be an excuse for his actions. Even more troublesome, the script seems to suggest that because he was gay, he made the decisions he made. Huh?

    I hope Matt Damon can get his RFK movie in motion.

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