Leo DiCaprio and Joaquin Phoenix's Gay Affair in Hoover
NY Magazine reports director Eastwood is eying Phoenix to play, “Hoover's reputed paramour and protégé, Clyde Tolson… For those unfamiliar with Tolson and Hoover (right, below), they really were the original “Ambiguously Gay Duo”: As the associate director of the FBI from 1947 to 1972, Tolson was in daily close contact with Hoover at the office, but even more interesting, the pair also dined, socialized in night clubs, and even vacationed together.”
Sources with the studios say Leo is close to finalizing his deal with an official bid to sign Joaquin to follow.
The film boasts a script from Oscar winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black that unearths the two powerful government men’s complex involvement. Neither ever came out as gay and Hoover infamously threatened and strong-armed anyone who dared question his sexual orientation while he was alive. But, Hoover’s final wishes left Tolson the inheritor of his life-insurance policy, home (which Tolson moved into), and Tolson even accepted the U.S. flag from Hoover’s coffin at the funeral.
Tolson’s remains now rest just a few yards from his boss and ‘friend’ at the Congressional Cemetery.
As much as we like seeing James Franco play everyone’s on-screen gay love interest, the idea of such high caliber performers as DiCaprio and Phoenix playing out this secretive and scandalous affair is pretty hot!