J. Edgar actor Leonardo DiCaprio has discussed the moment when he had to share an on screen kiss with his co star Armie Hammer. The was a lot of speculation about the relationship between J. Edgar Hoover and his protégé Clyde Tolson and Clint Eastwood decided that the two actors would have to address the issue with an on screen kiss.
Leonardo explained, "They ate lunch and dinner together every day, went on vacations together. Whether they were together in any other respect, well, no-one living knows the truth. In the film, it's seen as almost an unrequited love, but a lasting one, nonetheless. These kisses are the things we do as actors - I was in character. Clint was very clear, saying, 'I want you guys to beat each other up first, I want as much blood as possible, and I want you to grab each other as if you want to kill each other, and then it will happen'.”
He added, "He was very adamant about the fact these men were of a certain time period and no matter what they felt it wasn't something they wanted to express. There was so much bottled up with their emotions for one another, it resulted in two men going fisticuffs first. It was terrific to breathe life into this person, because he was such a mystery. From a character aspect, he was just a great grab bag of different eccentricities. You name it, this guy had it.”
DiCaprio concluded, "We tried to give hints, from his obsession with cleanliness, to his stuttering, issues with his mother, questionable sexuality, the repressed lifestyle, obsession with communism and ambition for personal glory." J. Edgar is currently playing in US cinemas and is released in the UK on January 20.