The stars of the biographical drama, written by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Clint Eastwood, walked the carpet in Hollywood on Nov. 3 to kick off this year's annual AFI Fest. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the Warner Bros. feature, which co-stars Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts.
J. Edgar star Leonardo DiCaprio attends the premiere of his upcoming film centered on FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, which kicked off this year's AFI Fest. DiCaprio toldThe Hollywood Reporter that he was intrigued by how "mysterious" Hoover was. "I don't think you could ever know everything about him, but I felt I understood what drove him," the actor said.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Clint Eastwood
Leonardo DiCaprio and director Clint Eastwood flank co-star Armie Hammer, who broke through last year when he played twins in The Social Network. Eastwood told THR that what interested him in Hoover's story was "the parallels with today, the same fears" that people still have.
Naomi Watts, who plays J. Edgar Hoover's longtime secretary Helen Gandy, walks down the red carpet at the premiere of J. Edgar.Written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, the film explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.
Screenwriter (and Oscar winner for Milk) Dustin Lance Black, who attended the premiere of his film, was eager to do the project even before the Milk biopic was released in theaters. Black commented on Hoover's sexuality: "Reading his mother's journal entries made it quite clear you were not allowed to be a gay kid in that household."
Hilary Swank shows her support for her fellow actors, donning a white dress at the film's premiere. She starred with Clint Eastwood in 2004's Million Dollar Baby. The actress found herself under fire recently when she reportedly parted ways with her team after being paid to appear at a party for Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov.
Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick posed for photographers at the J. Edgar premiere. The actor plays Agent Smith, who is tasked to pen Hoover's biography, that is until his character unveils a little too much.
Armie Hammer, playing Hoover's longtime partner Clyde Tolson, lets loose at the premiere. Hammer recalled the 81-year-old Eastwood attempting to teach his actors how to execute a fight scene. "Clint was there with one of his stunt-guy friends, Buddy Van Horn, and they put on an impromptu fight scene for us," Hammer revealed to THR.
Jennifer Love Hewitt wears a form-fitting little black dress on the J. Edgar carpet. Hewitt will star in the upcoming television series based on the 2010 telepic The Client List, inspired by a true story and centered on Samantha Horton, a former Texas homecoming queen and physical therapist.
Dermot Mulroney relaxes at the premiere of the biographical drama, in which he plays Colonel Schwarzkopf. Mulroney has quite a slate coming up, with a slew of projects either in the works or coming down the pipeline, including Stoker.
Stephen Root, of The Office Space fame, appears in the feature film as Arthur Koehler, a wood specialist at Forest Product Laboratories, which uses his expertise to help Hoover look into the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby.
AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale and Warner Bros.' Dan Fellman attend the opening night gala of this year's AFI Fest. Films screening at the festival this year include Shame, Carnage, Rampart and The Artist.