Clint Eastwood and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the director and star of the upcoming Hollywood film on J. Edgar Hoover, sought information from officials at FBI headquarters about controversial aspects of the iconic former FBI director's sexual life while preparing the movie.
Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan said that in separate meetings this year with Eastwood and DiCaprio, who plays Hoover in the film scheduled for release next month, both men broached the issue of Hoover's sexuality.
They were told, "Vague rumours and fabrications have cropped up from time to time, but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue."
Kortan said the Hollywood film titans requested the meetings. He said the bureau did not attempt to shape the outcome of the movie, titled 'J. Edgar'.
"We provided information so that their story could be accurate," ABC News quoted Kortan as saying.
"What they did with it, as with any production, has been entirely in their hands," he said.
Groups of former agents have campaigned forcefully against any depiction of the long-rumoured sexual relationship between Hoover and former top aide Clyde Tolson.