A couple weeks ago we reported that I’m Still Here star Joaquin Phoenix was slated to join Leonardo DiCaprio in the Clint Eastwood biopic, Hoover. The actor was rumored to play his right hand man and lover in the film. Could you imagine Leo and Joaquin going at it? It’s an interesting concept (and visual) but it’s not happening. Eastwood has confirmed that the actor has not been cast in the movie.
Eastwood told Reuters (via Washington Post), that DiCaprio is definitely in talks to play the title role in Hoover, but the casting of Joaquin Phoenix is news to him. He actually said, “No. I don’t know where that came from . . . didn’t he become a rapper?” Can you imagine Eastwood saying that in his old man voice? Obviously, he didn’t get the memo that Phoenix’s “rapping career” was nothing but a charade for his movie.
At the time of the interview, DiCaprio was in the middle of negotiating his contract for the part, which he should be confirmed for soon. For those of you wondering what role Phoenix was rumored to play it was of Hoover’s protege Clyde Tolson. Tolson was the associate director of the FBI from 1947 to 1972. He was in daily close contact with Hoover at the office and the pair often dined, socialized in night clubs, and even vacationed together.
Who will they get to do it now?
Who do you think should play the role of Tolson? Are you depressed that Phoenix won’t be involved?