Originally Posted by gwsat
but anybody who despises every aspect of everything Hoover ever did in his long life is, of course, going to despise the film, too.
Originally Posted by thehun
True, and it says more about the viewer then about the film, or even about the central character.
If that can be said about Hoover, then it could be said about a movie dealing with Hitler, or pick your favorite villain. If I despise Hitler or Jeffrey Dahmer, it says more about me than it does about the movie or the character? In this instance, I don't agree with that. I think it says more about the viewer when they despise an actor or actress, not because of their talent or lack of talent, but they just don't like them because they smirk, or they have facial hair, or the way they dress, or they think they are cool, etc., etc. I've seen that kind of negative response a lot on this forum. They're entitled to their opinion, but in those instances it's more about them than the actors, IMO. Despising people who have a documented history of cruelty, subversion, genocide, etc., etc., is very valid. Despising them because they look funny or you don't like the way they comb their hair, is petty.
My opinion of Hoover doesn't deter me from wanting to watch this movie, and I doubt it will sway my opinion on whether or not I like the movie. I let movies stand on their own merit. It's an Eastwood movie, so that is a good indicator that I will like it.