London: Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed that kissing a man in his latest flick ‘J Edgar’ was part of his acting duties and he had no issues with it.
The 37-year-old actor plays John Edgar Hoover in the Clint Eastwood’s movie, which will be released later this week.
The film sees him portraying the former FBI chief from his mid-20s to the age of 77 using hairpieces, full facial prosthetics and padding.
Eastwood’s biopic, which spans the five decades of Hoover’s professional life, also stars Armie Hammer as his long-time confidante and associate director of the FBI, Clyde Tolson, and Dame Judi Dench as Hoover’s domineering mother Annie.
In one scene, DiCaprio has to pucker up for a kiss with Hammer – quite a contrast after locking lips with beautiful women such as Marion Cotillard, Claire Danes and, of course, Kate Winslet.
But Leonardo said the kiss was all in a day’s work for an actor.
“These are the things we do as actors – I was in character,” he was quoted as saying.
“Clint was very clear, saying, ‘I want you guys to beat each other up first, I want as much blood as possible, and I want you to grab each other as if you want to kill each other – and then it will happen.’
“He was very adamant about the fact these men were of a certain time period and no matter what they felt it wasn’t something they wanted to express. There was so much bottled up with their emotions for one another, it resulted in two men going fisticuffs first,” he added.