Clint Eastwood

  • Aired:  11/07/11
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Clint Eastwood discusses the secrecy of J. Edgar Hoover's personal life and speculates on Hoover's controversial relationship with his second-in-command. (6:48)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT.

HIS LATEST FILM IS J.EDGAR.

>> I KNOW WE'VE ONLY KNOWN

EACH OTHER A BRIEF TIME.

I'M SURE YOU THINK THAT THE

FINEST OF COMPANIONS, YOUR

STRENGTH, YOUR CHARACTER, YOUR

EDUCATION.

>> ARE YOU POKING FUN AT ME?

>> NO, NO, NO, NO.

OF COURSE NOT.

>> THEN PLEASE, MR. HOOVER,

STAND UP.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

>> YES, OF COURSE.

>> I'M NOT INTERESTED IN

GETTING MARRIED.

MY WORK COMES FIRST.

>> Jon: AND I ALWAYS WEAR THIS

HAT.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM, CLINT EASTWOOD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.Ñi

>> Jon: THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE

HAVE.

THERE YOU GO.

>> THAT WAS A REGULAR NPR

WELCOME.

>> Jon: VERY ENTHUSIASTIC.

IT'S JUST INTERESTING.

I'VE BEEN HERE 12 YEARS.

I'VE JUST NEVER SEEN SUCH A

WARM... IT WAS NICE TO SEE

THEM CAPABLE OF SUCH LOVE AND

GRATITUDE.

>> THEY ARE VERY SENSITIVE.

I CAN TELL THAT.

>> Jon: THEY REALLY ARE.

I'M GOING TO TELL YOU MY

FAVORITE MOMENT OF THIS MOVIE.

NOT GIVING AWAY TREMENDOUS...

BUT IT'S A DETAIL THAT I LOVE.

HOOVER IS IN BOBBY KENNEDY'S

OFFICE, AND HE'S TALKING ABOUT

HOW HE GOT A TAPE OF J.F.K. IN

A DELICATE SITUATION WITH A

WOMAN.

BUT HE'S REALLY INTERESTED IN

ROBERT KENNEDY'S FIREPLACE.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE SCENE?

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: LATER ON IN THE MOVIE

HE'S INFORMING ROBERT KENNEDY

OF THE ASSASSINATION STANDING

IN FRONT OF THE SAME

FIREPLACE.

BECAUSE HE ADMIRED ROBERT

KENNEDY'S FIREPLACE HE

ACTUALLY BOUGHT AND BUILT ONE

FOR HIMSELF IN HIS OFFICE.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Jon: HOW CRAZY IS THAT GUY?

>> SOME PEOPLE GET OBSESSED BY

LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT.

I GUESS HE WAS... HE THOUGHT,

WHY SHOULD HE HAVE SOMETHING I

DON'T HAVE?

>> Jon: IT WAS SUCH A NICE

MOMENT BECAUSE YOU DON'T

REALLY POINT IT OUT.

IT'S AT THIS VERY DRAMATIC

MOMENT BUT THE WHOLE TIME I'M

GOING HE'S GOT BOBBY KENNEDY'S

FIREPLACE.

>> YOU THOUGHT IT WAS A

MISTAKE.

WE JUST USED THE WRONG SET.

>> Jon: I THOUGHT WHY IS HE

STANDING IN BOBBY KENNEDY'S

OFFICE TELLING HIM ABOUT...

AND THEN I REALIZED HE'S

PSYCHO.

>> WELL, HE COULD HAVE BEEN.

>> Jon: DO YOU THINK SUCH AN

INTERESTING PERSONALITY

PORTRAYAL, WHAT DO YOU THINK

OF HOOVER AND HIS INTENTIONS?

WAS HE, YOU KNOW, OBSESSED

WITH LAW AND ORDER BECAUSE HE

WAS OBSESSED WITH TRYING TO

CONTROL HIMSELF DO YOU THINK?

>> I'M NOT SURE.

HE IS A MYSTERY GUY AS FAR AS

I'M CONCERNED.

I GREW UP HEARING HIM ON THE

RADIO AND READING ABOUT IT IN

THE PAPER BUT VERY LITTLE.

IT WAS A NON-INFORMATION AGE.

HOOVER WAS ALWAYS THOUGHT OF

AS THE HEAD COP, HEAD G-MAN,

ALL THAT SORT OF THING.

BUT NOBODY EVER REALLY KNEW

ABOUT HIM.

GREAT RUMORS WOULD COME OUT

ABOUT HIM.

BUT HE WAS JUST VERY

SECRETIVE.

I GUESS HE KEPT EVERYTHING

BETWEEN HIS SECRETARY HELEN

GANDY AND HIS CLOSE PAL....

>> Jon: CLYDE.

HELEN GANDI IS THE WOMAN WE

SAW HIM PROPOSING TO IN THE

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WHICH, AS

WE ALL KNOW WHEN IT'S CLOSED

IT'S ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC

LIBRARIES.

>> IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SPOT.

>> Jon: HE PROPOSES TO HER.

SHE TURNS HIM DOWN BUT SHE

BASICALLY WORKS WITH HIM HIS

WHOLE LIFE.

>> YES.

>> Jon: AND CLYDE HAS GOT

THESE TWO PEOPLE THAT STAY

WITH HIM.

IS THAT AS FAR AS HIS INNER

CIRCLE WENT?

>> AS FAR AS I KNOW, IT IS.

I MEAN, MAYBE ALONG THE WAY...

HE HAD A LOT OF SECOND IN

COMMANDS THAT WOULD COME AND

GO BUT HE ALSO ALWAYS SEEMED

TO HAVE SOME CONTENTION WITH

THEM.

HE NEVER IT'S HIS BRAIN TRUST

WAS CLYDE AND HELEN.

>> Jon: AT THE TIME OF HIS

LIFE, HOW CONTROVERSIAL WAS

CLYDE IN HIS LIFE WORLD?

HE WASN'T NECESSARILY

QUALIFIED TO BE THE NUMBER TWO

OR THEY WERE ALWAYS TOGETHER?

WAS THAT WHISPERED ABOUT?

>> I THINK IT WAS ALWAYS

TOGETHER.

THEY WERE JUST INSEPARABLE

PALS.

IN THOSE DAYS, NOBODY MADE TOO

MANY INSINUATIONS LIKE

NOWADAYS EVERYBODY INSINUATES

THE OBVIOUS OR WHAT THEY WOULD

THINK THE OBVIOUS IS.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

DO YOU HAVE A SENSE THAT THEY

WERE UNREQUITED, THAT IT WAS

JUST THIS KIND OF TENSION BUT

NEVER....

>> CONSUMMATED?

>> Jon: THAT IS AN EXCELLENT

WAY OF PUTTING IT.

>> I'VE BEEN ON NPR BEFORE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: TRYING TO BE DELICATE.

>> YEAH, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT

THAT IMPLICATION.

I JUST KIND OF WENT AS A TRUE

LOVE STORY, ACTUALLY A LOVE

STORY BETWEEN THE THREE

PEOPLE.

WHERE IT GOES FROM THERE, I

DON'T KNOW.

PLUS THE FOURTH PERSON BEING

HIS MOTHER BECAUSE HE WAS VERY

INFLUENCED BY HIS MOTHER.

SHE HAD... WE PORTRAYED HER

AND WROTE IT IN THE SCRIPT

THAT THE MOTHER WAS A VERY

DOMINANT PERSON.

EVERYBODY ELSE SEEMS TO

CORROBORATE THAT.

>> Jon: A COUPLE OF THOSE

SCENES WHERE I THOUGHT HE'S

GOING TO GO FULL ON CARRIE.

HOOVER IS GOING TO GO TO THE

PROM AND THE WALLS ARE GOING

TO POOR BLOOD.

IT'S INTENSE.

BUT IT'S GREAT.

IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

YOU WOULD HAVE MADE A FINE G-

MAN.

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU

THAT I FEEL LIKE I DON'T KNOW

WHAT IT IS BUT YOU CARRY

YOURSELF WITH A CERTAIN AIR OF

LAW AND ORDER.

>> YOU FEEL VERY SAFE AROUND

ME?

>> Jon: ARE YOU ASKING ME TO

MOVE IN WITH YOU?

J.EDGAR GOING TO OPEN IN

CITIES ON WEDNESDAY.

NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY.

CLINT EASTWOOD.

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