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Don’t Worry, America Hasn’t Stopped Acting Stupid Whenever Male Celebrities Kiss On Film

In the upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, Armie Hammer plays Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s protege and “extra special friend.” And since Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hoover, the two had a gay kissing scene. Did Hammer feel weird about it? Apparently not as weird as everyone else:

“When I signed on to do the movie, [my wife] was thrilled that I just didn’t have to kiss another woman!

“[As far as the actual kiss with Leonardo Di Caprio goes,] it’s the same kind of thing as if you walk onto a set and they hand you a machine gun and [say], ‘Shoot this like you know what you’re doing’ – you can’t grab that thing and go, ‘uh…’ – you kind of have to go, ‘Okay, I know what I’m doing,’ and you’ve just got to go for it. It wasn’t that weird – I have never kissed a guy – it’s not something I’m going to do in my private life, but at the end of it I was, like, man, there is a lot of weird hype.

“You always have a special relationship with someone when you finish a movie with them, but…he’s got a bunch of stuff he is doing after that, I’ve got a bunch of stuff I’m doing….we didn’t start a book club together or anything.”

That “weird hype” is something we saw with the male celebrity kisses in Brokeback Mountain, I Love You Philip Morris, and the upcoming Liberace biopic. Though to be fair, straight actors get asked a bunch of stupid questions whenever they have kissing scenes with opposite sex partners too. American film has also treated sexuality with a Puritanical hand. Hollywood’s anti-gay Hayes Code (mentioned frequently in The Celluloid Closet) proves this and the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated brings the argument up to date as it points out that the sex scene in Boys Don’t Cry where Hilary Swank fucks Scarlett Johansson with a strap-on nearly got slapped with an NC-17. The reason? Scar-Jo seemed to enjoy her orgasm just a little too long for MPAA viewers. Of course, gender bias and trans-phobia influenced the MPAA’s threat as well.

So while it’s likely that the American press will NOT stop acting like middle-schoolers everytime two same sex celebrities kiss on-screen, you may wonder just how historically accurate the kiss between J. Edgar Hoover and his protege actually is.

Neither the FBI employees who worked with the two men nor any piece of historical evidence confirms that Hoover and Tolson ever played tonsil hockey. However, Hoover and Tolson did work, eat meals, socialize at night clubs and go on vacation together. Hoover left Tolson his estate of $551,000 when he died and shortly thereafter Tolson moved into Hoover’s house. Tolson also received the U.S. flag draped on Hoover’s coffin. These days, only a few yards separate their graves in the Congressional Cemetery. Gay BFFs in heaven?

Are we no better for wanting to know if the real Tolson and Hoover actually kissed? No! We’re not gossiping, we’re just doing historical research! There’s a total difference, you guys!

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  • 8 Comments
    • beerwad
      beerwad

      ScarJo wasn’t in Boys Don’t Cry, you’re thinking of Chloe Sevigny.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erich
      Erich

      A Love Song For Bobby Long had a Scar-Jo orgasm scene that was too racy for the MPAA though.

      May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael in Toronto
      Michael in Toronto

      You must remember this…

      May 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WillB
      WillB

      Um, I’m guessing you meant to say Chloë Sevigny?

      May 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      There is a double standard in Hollywood. If a woman kisses a woman, it’s promoted to the mainstream (both men and women, straight or gay). If a man kisses a man, it’s promoted to gay men only.

      This proves that Hollywood is homophobic at heart. Hollywood has a homophobic double standard. Not only are men to blame but women are too.

      May 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Julian6
      Julian6

      Chloë Sevigny, not Scarlett Johansson.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • m2m
      m2m

      this proves that both Armie Hammer (sounds like a Henry Willson star from the ’50s) and Leo are both closet cases…

      this is why Hollywood is so homophobic
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesbian_and_gay_topics_and_Judaism

      May 26, 2011 at 7:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ossurworld
      ossurworld

      Henry Willson? Oh, the good old days in Hollywood!

      May 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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