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DiCaprio and Eastwood Talk J. Edgar in GQ Cover Story

by Maggie Lange
September 14, 2011 8:15 AM
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In the latest issue of GQ, the magazine pairs the actor and director combo from biopic J. Edgar, in which Leonardo DiCaprio suits up as the famed and defamed former head of the FBI under Clint Eastwood's direction. The film will kick off this year's AFI Film FEST on November 3 before opening wide November 11.

The pair nearly finish each other's sentences as they talk politics, despite their purported divide--DiCaprio leans left and Eastwood has declared himself a social libertarian. For example, from Eastwood:

“These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of…Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”
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The duo also talk about J. Edgar's gay content, the director/actor relationship and their movie icons, including Robert De Niro. DiCaprio says:

My introduction to acting in films was with De Niro in This Boy's Life. When I got the part I was 15, and somebody said, 'Do you realize who you're gonna work with?' I said, 'Yeah, I guess.' And they said, 'No, no, no. Go watch all of his films, and then go see these people's films.' So I obsessively watched films on VHS, and I remember feeling so overwhelmed by what had been done in cinema already. Watching a young Brando or James Dean or Montgomery Clift, I was like, Oh, my God, how can anyone ever hope to achieve that type of greatness?

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  • Brian | September 15, 2011 3:50 AMReply

    "So I obsessively watched films on VHS, and I remember feeling so overwhelmed by what had been done in cinema already. Watching a young Brando or James Dean or Montgomery Clift, I was like, Oh, my God, how can anyone ever hope to achieve that type of greatness?"

    Well, that's nothing Di Caprio need worry about, since it's something he'll never come close to achieving.

  • jingmei | September 15, 2011 1:32 AMReply

    "I don’t give a fuck about...We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of…Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”, what a beautiful quote useful for many things. You rock Mr. Eastwood.

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