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Crudup Gets To Grip With Hoover For Mann
J. Edgar, that is, in Public Enemies

03 April 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Assuming he can successfully remove all traces of blue paint from his time playing Dr Manhattan on Watchmen, Billy Crudup has lined up a rather tasty follow-up role, in Michael Mann's1930's set gangster flick Public Enemies, opposite Johnny Depp's legendary outlaw John Dillinger and Christian Bale's FBI agent Melvin Purvis.

Crudup will play long-serving FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and we suspect we know why he's been cast. Hoover is, after all, history's most famous cross dresser* after Dame Edna, and Crudup looked pretty as a picture wearing women's clothes in Stage Beauty, so he should fit right in.

Stephen Lang, who's currently working on Avatar but who previously worked for Michael Mann waaaaay back on Manhunter and who was a regular on his Crime Story series, will also star as Winstead, head of the Texas Rangers in search of Dillinger's gang.

Shooting is already underway, chiefly in Wisconsin, and you can expect to see the finished film next year.

*There is some question over whether he was a transvestite, gay or both. But we prefer to go with every comedian ever on this than those snooty "historians". Like, what do they know?


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Nice to see Crime Story mentioned. Magnificent show. More

Posted by John Firth at 19:21 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Shucks.
Thanks, Helen. (Blush) More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 14:59 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hang on a minute!
I like the story Bob Hoskins tells about playing Hoover in Nixon.  He joked to Oliver Stone that he'd play him in a tutu and the next day Stone, all serious, had a variety of tutus for Hoskins to try on... More

Posted by britesparc at 12:15 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hang on a minute!
L: Mad Dog Tannen J. Edgar Hoover was an ugly little lump, but Billy Crudup is all handsome and stuff! sp; You, sir, have a way with words. Neatly put. More

Posted by Helen OHara at 12:03 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Hang on a minute!
J. Edgar Hoover was an ugly little lump, but Billy Crudup is all handsome and stuff! More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 09:41 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

A hidden gem.
Thats what Crudup is! Hes the real deal when it comes to this acting malarkey,stage and screen he knocks it out of the park everytime,if only people actually watched the films that hes been in(he could probably do with ditching the Freundlich connection).He doesn't seem to be deterred from big budgets like the ole days,i was suprised with him being in Watchmen and his participation in a Mann film has me more giddy than the announcements of Bale and Depp. Its a hell of a cast. (I liked Lang i More

Posted by ex machina at 08:00 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post


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