Listen to the real J. Edgar Hoover here and here — his way of speaking was clipped and municipal, but there was no trace of a British accent or a speech tendency that was anything close to fey or foppish (in a tinsel-and-cold-cream Marlon Brando/Mutiny on the Bounty sense). But Billy Crudup‘s Hoover in Public Enemies (listen to a clip of him speaking from the 55 to 1:01 marks in this hi-def trailer) is clearly doing that. He sounds like an English swell, a country club type, an Oxford debating star. Why?