Armie Hammer talks kissing Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar

Armie Hammer, who appeared as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network , has spoken candidly about the requirements of his role in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic.

Hammer is playing Clyde Tolson, an associate, and rumoured gay lover, of FBI director Hoover (DiCaprio).

Until now, it wasn't clear how explicitly the relationship would be hinted at in the film, but Hammer has spoken to E! Online and revealed some details.

The actor said: "It's not a kissing scene. It's a ton of kissing scenes. I actually just met [DiCaprio] for the first time Saturday at the DGA Awards."

"He's a talented actor. I'm not nervous or afraid of it being awkward. The script is great. The scenes are in there for a reason."

Armie Hammer famously missed out on the chance to play Batman when the Justice League movie stalled, but he hasn't let that bad luck get him down.

Leonardo DiCaprio threw himself into man-on-man love scenes with gusto in 1995's Total Eclipse .

J. Edgar is set to be released in 2012, and is pretty much guaranteed to be a huge awards-season favourite.

Matt Maytum
Editor, Total Film

I'm the Editor at Total Film magazine, overseeing the running of the mag, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.