producer Rob Lorenz has already denied that Joaquin Phoenix would co-star
with Leonardo DiCaprio in the biopic; now Clint Eastwood says it too
. In fact, Eastwood didn't even realize he was an option. "Didn't he become a rapper?" was his response when addressing the rumor. (Not a good sign as WME's Patrick Whitesell tries to rehabilitate Phoenix's career.)
DiCaprio, however, is indeed signing up to play the late FBI chief. "It's a great role for him," said Eastwood, who grew up with Hoover as a prominent figure in pop and political culture, and wants to capture the mythology of the man:
"He 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."
- U.K.'s Daily Telegraph profiles Oscar contender Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right
) and tracks her life on film
. The paper calls her "a character actor performing lead roles," and declares that "the real Julianne Moore is free from actorly pretension." Moore confesses: "People are always really surprised when they realize I’m not a very serious person, and that I’m not tremendously serious about acting. I don’t like to rehearse, I hate improv. Directors that don’t like to talk, they’re my favorite ones.”