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J. Edgar Hoover

Clint Eastwood, Dustin Lance Black on Their Painstaking Search for 'J. Edgar'

J. Edgar Hoover may have savored his tough-guy image as America’s top cop, a rule-bending maverick unrelenting in his pursuit of justice, but Clint Eastwood, whose fascinating biography of the FBI’s first and longest-tenured director opened Wednesday at the Century SF Centre, the AMC Van Ness and the Sundance Kabuki, says there’s no similarity between Hoover and “Dirty” Harry Callahan.
 
“Harry was a mythical character,” Eastwood says of the rogue San Francisco detective he created in 1971 with director Don Siegel. “He was a man concerned with the rights of victims at a time when everyone was obsessed with the rights of the accused. And his story was very violent.
 

Home Movies: Johnny Gets His Gun as America's Smoothest Criminal in ‘Public Enemies’

Though faithful to Bryan Burrough’s painstakingly researched book about the epic manhunt for notorious bank robber John Dillinger, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies offers more an abstract impression of the man than a fully satisfying portrait.

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