There was actually a huge fight between J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson in a hotel during one of their trips. According to producer and director Clint Eastwood, there are several testimonies of maids that talked about the room being destroyed after the discussion. However, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black dramatized the content of the argument.
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Armie Hammer (Clyde Tolson) is the great-grandson of Occidental Petroleum tycoon Armand Hammer. In his biography of Hammer (the tycoon, not the actor) called "Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer", author Edward Jay Epstein reported that the tycoon had a multi-decade history of being scrutinized and suspected of Soviet ties by J. Edgar Hoover. Armie stated in an interview that he took the role to avenge that scrutiny.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and producer and director Clint Eastwood had a falling out during shooting. When Leo requested a retake, Clint called it a wrap and walked away. Both were cool to each other for the rest of the movie.
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The closing lines of this movie, "Most clearly I remember your eyes, with a kind of teasing smile in them, and the feeling of that soft spot just northeast of the corner of your mouth against my lips..." is a quote from a letter from Lorena Hickok to Eleanor Roosevelt.
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According to Armie Hammer, Leonardo DiCaprio and he proposed to producer and director Clint Eastwood to make the sexual relationship between the characters to be graphic, but he refused, arguing the screenplay didn't call for it.
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Charlize Theron was originally cast as Helen Gandy, but dropped out to do Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). Amy Adams was then considered, but Naomi Watts was ultimately cast.
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Clint Eastwood is famous for shooting the screenplays he directs almost verbatim, not making changes. Dustin Lance Black has admitted he didn't like that, arguing he loves to discuss the screenplay with the director and improving it together with suggestions.
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Dame Judi Dench broke her toe while working on her previous movie. She kept her injury secret to avoid being replaced. Co-producer Robert Lorenz only found out after she had finished filming her scenes.
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Francis Ford Coppola had hoped to film a J. Edgar Hoover biopic for several years, but gave up after Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
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This movie extensively used real, working cars throughout. Many of the vehicles were owned by private collectors and were kept by the owners in excellent condition. In fact, the cars were so clean, the art department had to spray mud and dirt on most of the vehicles in order to portray road conditions of the time.
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Stephen Root played Arthur Koehler, the forensics expert who, in this movie, managed to identify where the piece of wood that might help identify the kidnapper in Lindbergh's case was bought. In the television biopic of Lyndon B. Johnson, All the Way (2016) , Root played J. Edgar Hoover.
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Lawman".
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When J. Edgar Hoover died, he left his $551,000 estate to Clyde Tolson. He left Helen Gandy a separate bequest for $5,000.
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In interviews, Armie Hammer was amused because people kept asking him about his first man-on-man onscreen kiss (with Leonardo DiCaprio). He noted that he also got to shoot a machine gun onscreen in the film for the first time as well - but yet nobody asked him about that.
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When J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his mother Annie (Dame Judi Dench) leave the Strand Theatre following the premiere of 'G' Men (1935), a theatre marquee across Times Square announces the Eltinge Follies. Julian Eltinge was a famous female impersonator and drag performer in the early twentieth century and had his own theater on 42nd Street. The Eltinge Theatre depicted in this movie opened in 1912 and was renamed the Empire Theatre in 1942. It is now part of the AMC Empire 25 complex.
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This movie suggests that Hoover took umbrage at FBI agents' appearances. This is true, but this movie gleans over his apparent misogyny about how agents should look. When he took over the Bureau, he fired all female agents and banned the hiring of females as agents.
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According to the owner of one of the cars used in this movie, Ernest Harden, Jr. who played Hoover's driver, was unable to drive without stalling. So instead, the car was pulled by a rope tied to the front bumper.
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Claire Danes was considered for the role of Helen Gandy. If Danes had been cast, it would have reunited her with Leonardo DiCaprio, who together portrayed the title characters in Romeo + Juliet (1996).
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Scott Eastwood auditioned for the role of Agent Smith.
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The cast includes two Oscar winners: Leonardo DiCaprio and Dame Judi Dench; and two Oscar nominees: Naomi Watts and Adam Driver.
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This marked the second time Denis O'Hare appeared in a biopic movie written by Dustin Lance Black. The first being Milk (2008).
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This film's theatrical poster was the last one designed by legendary film poster designer Bill Gold
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Stephen Root appeared in this movie as an F.B.I. forensic scientist. He appeared as J. Edgar Hoover in All the Way (2016).
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