Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's J Edgar – first trailer!

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  1. September 25, 2011

    I dunno. I feel like Armie could do better. XD Very pretty pictures. Who’s the DP again? I’m starting to figure out what they do. :D

  2. September 25, 2011

    I dunno. I feel like Armie could do better. XD Very pretty pictures. Who’s the DP again? I’m starting to figure out what they do. :D

  3. Charlie
    September 25, 2011

    Am I alone in thinking DiCaprio looks and sounds ridiculous in the preview for this? Some people are hard to age (see-> the difference between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain), but it’s the voice that really kills me. He sounds like a kid in a high school production: shaky accent and the pitch is about two octaves higher than it should be.

  4. Charlie
    September 25, 2011

    Am I alone in thinking DiCaprio looks and sounds ridiculous in the preview for this? Some people are hard to age (see-> the difference between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain), but it’s the voice that really kills me. He sounds like a kid in a high school production: shaky accent and the pitch is about two octaves higher than it should be.

  5. Kevin Klawitter
    September 25, 2011

    Charlie:
    Do you really not know what J. Edgar Hoover sounded like? He didn’t have a deep or otherwise pleasant voice to listen to. Leo seems to have had the voice done well. As somebody on IMDb pointed out, he appears to not be imitating the sound of Hoover’s accent as much as he is imitating (for lack of a less shallow term) Hoover’s way of speaking

  6. Kevin Klawitter
    September 25, 2011

    Charlie:
    Do you really not know what J. Edgar Hoover sounded like? He didn’t have a deep or otherwise pleasant voice to listen to. Leo seems to have had the voice done well. As somebody on IMDb pointed out, he appears to not be imitating the sound of Hoover’s accent as much as he is imitating (for lack of a less shallow term) Hoover’s way of speaking

  7. September 25, 2011

    I remember reading somewhere in a Hoover bio that he exaggerated the nature of his speech in front of cameras and spoke differently in private. Maybe that’s where Leo is going with that.

  8. September 25, 2011

    I remember reading somewhere in a Hoover bio that he exaggerated the nature of his speech in front of cameras and spoke differently in private. Maybe that’s where Leo is going with that.

  9. h
    September 25, 2011

    “Am I alone in thinking DiCaprio looks and sounds ridiculous in the preview for this? Some people are hard to age (see-> the difference between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain), but it’s the voice that really kills me. He sounds like a kid in a high school production: shaky accent and the pitch is about two octaves higher than it should be.”

    No you aren’t, the accent’s terrible and forced, almost as bad as if he attempted a british one. maybe it will work seeing it start to finish though

  10. h
    September 25, 2011

    “Am I alone in thinking DiCaprio looks and sounds ridiculous in the preview for this? Some people are hard to age (see-> the difference between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain), but it’s the voice that really kills me. He sounds like a kid in a high school production: shaky accent and the pitch is about two octaves higher than it should be.”

    No you aren’t, the accent’s terrible and forced, almost as bad as if he attempted a british one. maybe it will work seeing it start to finish though

  11. austin111
    September 25, 2011

    “Am I alone in thinking DiCaprio looks and sounds ridiculous in the preview for this? Some people are hard to age (see-> the difference between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain), but it’s the voice that really kills me. He sounds like a kid in a high school production: shaky accent and the pitch is about two octaves higher than it should be.”

    Well, no, but that doesn’t mean you know anything. Anyhow DiCaprio always gets this no matter what he does, usually when the first trailer or preview comes out. Then, over the course of the actual film he wins most people over. Just sayin’….

  12. austin111
    September 25, 2011

    “Am I alone in thinking DiCaprio looks and sounds ridiculous in the preview for this? Some people are hard to age (see-> the difference between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain), but it’s the voice that really kills me. He sounds like a kid in a high school production: shaky accent and the pitch is about two octaves higher than it should be.”

    Well, no, but that doesn’t mean you know anything. Anyhow DiCaprio always gets this no matter what he does, usually when the first trailer or preview comes out. Then, over the course of the actual film he wins most people over. Just sayin’….

  13. menyc
    September 25, 2011

    I have almost zero interest in this film, but I would love to be surprised by it. If you are seriously going to nail an entire perf and film on a wobbly accent… I could take a week off work, research/complie and shatter half of all your cinematic dreams.

  14. menyc
    September 25, 2011

    I have almost zero interest in this film, but I would love to be surprised by it. If you are seriously going to nail an entire perf and film on a wobbly accent… I could take a week off work, research/complie and shatter half of all your cinematic dreams.

  15. Charlie
    September 25, 2011

    Kevin: He’s sounds like he’s trying to deepen his voice, whether he needs to or not. DiCaprio has one of those voices that bothers me anyway. An accent only makes it more grating.

    Austin: He rarely wins me over. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a fine actor. His voice-work though has never been strong. I just think he’s a bit miscast. Hopefully he proves me wrong, but not being a huge Eastwood fan, my expectations for this film are somewhat reserved.

    And yes, of course, I don’t know anything.

  16. Charlie
    September 25, 2011

    Kevin: He’s sounds like he’s trying to deepen his voice, whether he needs to or not. DiCaprio has one of those voices that bothers me anyway. An accent only makes it more grating.

    Austin: He rarely wins me over. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a fine actor. His voice-work though has never been strong. I just think he’s a bit miscast. Hopefully he proves me wrong, but not being a huge Eastwood fan, my expectations for this film are somewhat reserved.

    And yes, of course, I don’t know anything.

  17. tclaw
    September 25, 2011

    Does anyone know how big of a role Judi Dench has?

  18. tclaw
    September 25, 2011

    Does anyone know how big of a role Judi Dench has?

  19. austin111
    September 25, 2011

    “Does anyone know how big of a role Judi Dench has?”

    Well, apparently big enough to be in best supporting actress contention according to Kris Tapley over at In Contention. This, I gather, is what he has heard anyhow. Her role is fair sized in the script.

  20. austin111
    September 25, 2011

    “Does anyone know how big of a role Judi Dench has?”

    Well, apparently big enough to be in best supporting actress contention according to Kris Tapley over at In Contention. This, I gather, is what he has heard anyhow. Her role is fair sized in the script.

  21. Bill
    September 25, 2011

    Judi Dench gets so much work for a lady her age. Brava!

  22. Bill
    September 25, 2011

    Judi Dench gets so much work for a lady her age. Brava!

  23. Matt
    September 25, 2011

    DiCaprio’s voice is naturally deeper than Hoover’s was. And people mocked DiCaprio’s accent in Blood Diamond trailers too and there it turned out to be absolutely perfect. Just sayin’.

  24. Matt
    September 25, 2011

    DiCaprio’s voice is naturally deeper than Hoover’s was. And people mocked DiCaprio’s accent in Blood Diamond trailers too and there it turned out to be absolutely perfect. Just sayin’.

  25. September 25, 2011

    I’ll never get over “Bling Blang” .

    The point is the trailer is basically your advertisement for your film. You’re supposed to put the best of what you have in it. If people come away with a bad impression a) it’s your fault b) everyone assumes what isn’t in the trailer is worse c) if the movie is better than that why misrepresent your film?

    I can say if it wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio in that trailer, if some unknown actor was playing J. Edgar, that trailer would not convince me to see the film. I’m seeing it by default strictly because I think Leo’s going to do better than the trailer indicates. Because I think Leo’s a great actor. I have since Gilbert Grape. He hasn’t unconvinced me yet.

  26. September 25, 2011

    I’ll never get over “Bling Blang” .

    The point is the trailer is basically your advertisement for your film. You’re supposed to put the best of what you have in it. If people come away with a bad impression a) it’s your fault b) everyone assumes what isn’t in the trailer is worse c) if the movie is better than that why misrepresent your film?

    I can say if it wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio in that trailer, if some unknown actor was playing J. Edgar, that trailer would not convince me to see the film. I’m seeing it by default strictly because I think Leo’s going to do better than the trailer indicates. Because I think Leo’s a great actor. I have since Gilbert Grape. He hasn’t unconvinced me yet.

  27. Pierre de Plume
    September 25, 2011

    I don’t understand criticism of DiCaprio’s accent or performance based on the trailer. To me, it plays.

  28. Pierre de Plume
    September 25, 2011

    I don’t understand criticism of DiCaprio’s accent or performance based on the trailer. To me, it plays.

  29. Divya
    September 26, 2011

    I don’t understand the criticism for Leo DiCaprio. If the make-up doesn’t seem right, it’s not his fault. Even if the make-up is messed up, he’s got more than enough talent to convincingly pull off J.Edgar’s portrayal (& to NOT let the dodgy make-up become a distraction for film-watchers). Do people hate Leo or something? This role WILL definitely win him the Best Actor Oscar for him. What are people complaining about anyway? It’s a Clint Eastwood film, a sure-fire Oscar winner. Did anyone complain when Clint Eastwood made ‘Million Dollar Baby’ or ‘Invictus’? Then why complain now, and say you have no interest in this film? Leo is definitely going to win the Oscar for Best Actor for this role, mark my words.

  30. Divya
    September 26, 2011

    I don’t understand the criticism for Leo DiCaprio. If the make-up doesn’t seem right, it’s not his fault. Even if the make-up is messed up, he’s got more than enough talent to convincingly pull off J.Edgar’s portrayal (& to NOT let the dodgy make-up become a distraction for film-watchers). Do people hate Leo or something? This role WILL definitely win him the Best Actor Oscar for him. What are people complaining about anyway? It’s a Clint Eastwood film, a sure-fire Oscar winner. Did anyone complain when Clint Eastwood made ‘Million Dollar Baby’ or ‘Invictus’? Then why complain now, and say you have no interest in this film? Leo is definitely going to win the Oscar for Best Actor for this role, mark my words.

  31. ryan
    September 26, 2011

    It may be just me, but these photo’s just make me think of all the other guy in a suit roles Leo has done like The Aviator etc. It just seems to me like it’s Leo doing Leo. Most actors go deep into a character to where the are unrecognizable, but Leo never does this. An example is Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote”, he changed his voice, his posture, his gestures and mannerisms. From the photo’s and trailer Leo does none of these things, or doesn’t do them convincingly. I don’t think Leo is the frontrunner anymore for the oscar.

  32. ryan
    September 26, 2011

    It may be just me, but these photo’s just make me think of all the other guy in a suit roles Leo has done like The Aviator etc. It just seems to me like it’s Leo doing Leo. Most actors go deep into a character to where the are unrecognizable, but Leo never does this. An example is Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote”, he changed his voice, his posture, his gestures and mannerisms. From the photo’s and trailer Leo does none of these things, or doesn’t do them convincingly. I don’t think Leo is the frontrunner anymore for the oscar.

  33. Anne
    September 26, 2011

    Is it just me, or does Leo look kind of off in the first picture. He’s not wearing prosthetics in that one, is he?

    Or maybe it’s the hair?

  34. Anne
    September 26, 2011

    Is it just me, or does Leo look kind of off in the first picture. He’s not wearing prosthetics in that one, is he?

    Or maybe it’s the hair?

  35. austin111
    September 26, 2011

    Good grief people, stop obsessing over whether Leo looks “just right” or whatever as Hoover. Most of the people out there don’t even remember what the real Hoover looked like, actually, unless they were born a very, very, very long time ago. It’s a fair impression of Hoover and we haven’t even seen the actual movie yet. Hoover had dark brown wavy hair just like that and DiCaprio is wearing something to make his jaw jut a bit, some sort of suggestion of a prosthetic device. Anyhow, it’s true he’s not an exact replica of Hoover by any means. Pick on his height if anything since Hoover was much shorter. What of it? Most actors don’t exactly resember who they’re playing. Even Hoffman as Capote was off, though he had the voice and some mannerisms down.

  36. austin111
    September 26, 2011

    Good grief people, stop obsessing over whether Leo looks “just right” or whatever as Hoover. Most of the people out there don’t even remember what the real Hoover looked like, actually, unless they were born a very, very, very long time ago. It’s a fair impression of Hoover and we haven’t even seen the actual movie yet. Hoover had dark brown wavy hair just like that and DiCaprio is wearing something to make his jaw jut a bit, some sort of suggestion of a prosthetic device. Anyhow, it’s true he’s not an exact replica of Hoover by any means. Pick on his height if anything since Hoover was much shorter. What of it? Most actors don’t exactly resember who they’re playing. Even Hoffman as Capote was off, though he had the voice and some mannerisms down.

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