In this biographical drama, directed by Clint Eastwood, DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. He was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Co-starring Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts.
What I was fascinated by was his take on entering J. Edgar Hoover’s career during a time of almost a terrorist invasion by communists. The Red Scare, that sort of paranoia that was infused in our country, and the lawlessness of these bank robbers that were going from state to state and becoming free men when they crossed state lines, and how J. Edgar Hoover really transformed the police system in America and created this Federal Bureau that to this day is one of the most feared, respected and revered police forces in the entire world.