Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to playing larger-than-life historical figures, but it feels like he's never thrown himself more into a real-life character in the trailer for J. Edgar. It could be director Clint Eastwood's influence, the magnitude of the man he's playing, or possibly it's the slightly over-the-top accent DiCaprio uses. J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI, a proponent of using fingerprints to identify people, and a controversial figure whose paranoid tactics almost got him dismissed from his job by the three presidents he served under, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
DiCaprio plays Hoover over the course of a couple decades, and after he shows up with a couple of minor changes, like brown contacts, he gets a full physical transformation to portray him as an older man, aging makeup and all. Aside the from the vaguely distracting accent, it looks like DiCaprio turns in a solid performance in the biopic. And with Eastwood attached, it's sure to attract some Oscar buzz. Decide for yourself when you watch the trailer for the film, which also stars Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts, when you keep reading.