Armie Hammer says that Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio will feature more than one lip-locking scene. "It's not a kissing scene—it's a ton of kissing scenes," he told E! at the SAG Awards. Hammer plays Clyde Tolson, the alleged secret lover of J. Edgar Hoover (played by DiCaprio). Shooting is set to begin this month, and in true Eastwood style, the boys will be getting down to business without much fussing around. Adds Hammer:
"I'm so excited to work with Clint, and from what I hear, he's not the type of director who has a ton of rehearsals and takes. I think we're just sort of thrown in there and have to make it happen…I actually just met [Leo] for the first time Saturday at the DGA Awards. Sure, we talked business. He's a talented actor. I'm not nervous or afraid of it being awkward. The script is great. The scenes are in there for a reason. I'm really excited."
While this may be new terrain for Hammer, DiCaprio is already part of Hollywood's history of leading men kissing each other on screen. A selected video history is below...
from 1927's Wings (the first male-male kiss, and the first ever Best Picture winner at the Oscars) through A Single Man's Colin Firth and Matthew Goode. And here is our interview with Hammer.
Total Esclipse - 1995, Leonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis
Velvet Goldmine, 1998 - Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
A Home at The End of The World, 2004 - Colin Ferrell and Dallas Roberts
A Single Man, 2009 - Colin Firth and Matthew Goode (Pictured above; Firth said, “Matthew Goode was a pretty good kisser. Julianne Moore was much better but I wasn’t supposed to be enjoying it...That was the only time that Tom Ford had to get on my case saying I was supposed to be playing a gay man and to keep your hands to yourself and get your tongue out of her mouth.”)
Dunno Y, 2010 - released a year after homosexuality was decriminalized in India, for which one of its stars, Kapil Sharma, has received hate mail. He asserts, however, that “Homosexuality has always been part of every culture.”