Much like Matt Damon in The Informant or Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’ Diary, Leonardo DiCaprio was a consummate actor on the set of the upcoming J. Edgar. Or should we say Leo was a consuming actor, as according to the film’s screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the actor packed on the lbs while portraying the infamous head of FBI. “Some of those pounds on later Hoover were not prosthetic. I’ll say it. Leo got a little fat,” Black revealed in DiCaprio’s New York Times profile, citing German chocolate cupcakes as Leo’s kryptonite. Look, the man works method! Leo probably read some obscure interview in which J. Edgar Hoover confessed an uncontrollable love of baked goods and he had to go for it. It’s all for his art!
Jowls aside, DiCaprio praised the movie’s make-up artist Sian Grigg for helping him transform into an elderly man for the film’s later scenes. “I’m sure she had multiple panic attacks trying to get me ready,” he reveals. “I could be quite squirmy.” Having had to spend two weeks in old man face, the Great Gatsby star admits, “To stay in character and to fight the urge not to rip it off at times and to not feel trapped inside it is extremely hard. It’s like you’ve been slathered in honey and wrapped in a giant duvet.” Mmmm, slathered in honey. Leo, no! Drop the comforter! No man can eat that much fabric and live!
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