Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood – the star and director of the upcoming biopic J. Edgar – asked FBI officials whether J. Edgar Hoover was gay, USA Today reported.

Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan said that in separate meetings arranged by Eastwood and DiCaprio, the men asked about the former FBI director's sexuality.

“Vague rumors and fabrications have cropped up from time to time,” Kortan recalls telling the men, “but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue.”

“We provided information so that their story could be accurate,” he added. “What they did with it, as with any production, has been entirely in their hands.”

In previous interviews, Eastwood and DiCaprio, who plays the title role of Hoover, have said they were not sure whether Hoover was gay.

In J. Edgar, which opens the 25th edition of the AFI Festival in Hollywood, California on November 3 and nationwide six days later, Armie Hammer, the 25-year-old co-star of last year's The Social Network, plays Clyde Tolson, Hoover's co-worker, life-long confidant and alleged lover.

Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a former top aide to Hoover, said he told DiCaprio that he “never saw any evidence of [a romantic relationship] whatsoever.”

In one scene from the film's trailer, however, Hoover and Tolson are seen holding hands.