Trailer Watch: J. Edgar Trailer Lands, "When Morals Decline and Good Men Do Nothing Evil Flourishes"

by Sophia Savage
September 20, 2011 5:45 AM
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Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar will open the AFI Fest on November 3 followed by a limited release November 9. Here are more details on the star cast. Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover, ages considerably (he spent hours in makeup) over the course of the trailer and alludes to man-love with co-star Armie Hammer (Clyde Tolson). The trailer begins with a warning; "When morals decline and good men do nothing evil flourishes."

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  • jairo | November 30, 2011 2:53 PMReply

    wonderful an amazing job by leo

  • Brian | September 21, 2011 4:40 AMReply

    If they ever make a film about Leonardo Di Caprio, Jesse Eisenberg should play him.

  • chris | September 21, 2011 2:32 AMReply


    - i agree. and Jesse Eisenberg's performance is terrible. Mark Zuckerberg didn'at sound like that. the movie did not really chronicled his life. this is a travesty!

  • Brian | September 20, 2011 9:58 AMReply

    Hoover didn't look or sound anything like that. He didn't speak like that either. There's been more than enough films made of Hoover, from the advent of sound right up to the early '70s (40 years!) for us to know this. Anytime Di Caprio tries to impersonate an adult, he looks like a kid playing dress-up. He ruined one biopic (THE AVIATOR, about Howard Hughes) and now he ruins this one. Every time he "acts," you can see the wheels turning, you can see him furrow his brow to try and look serious. The "old age" makeup looks awful, too. Why are so many people so desperate to find something to praise in so many horrible performances by one inept actor? And what the hell is the matter with every director who's hired him?

    Track down Larry Cohen's THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER (1977) instead.

  • William Forrester | September 20, 2011 6:48 AMReply

    I think Leonardo will surely get a nomination for an Academy Award. I think he’ll get a Oscar nomination at least. He is incredible and he is amazing. And I think he will get it. It’s an incredible performance, just wonderful.

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