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Apr. 6th, 2008 08:38 pm RiP Charlton Heston

Yesterday, I saw John Carpenter's homage to Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, "In the Mouth of Madness." It was an underrated, movie and I intend to write a quick review on it soon. Charlton Heston has a small role as a publisher in search of his missing author.

Being from the old school that there are no small roles, only small actors, this 6'4" leading man performed all types of roles in many different genres. His science fiction and horror roles are impressive; "Planet of the Apes," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "The Omega Man," "Soylent Green," his biblical epics were even more memorable; most notably "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben Hur A Tale of the Christ."

His final years were assaulted by Michael Moore and Alzheimer's Disease. Heston's term as the President of the NRA made his the punching bag to left leaning journalists. Yet when I heard of his death, I kept thinking of his words to President Clinton about losing his second amendment freedoms; "...FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!"

Given that this weekend marks the 40 year anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination; Charlton Heston contributed an appearance in Sidney Lumet's documentary; "King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis," which was narrated by Ruby Dee. Heston was not a man to accept a stereotype as actor, his political beliefs did not fall into a stereotypical pattern that most journalists do not look beyond.

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From:cinemastar
Date:April 7th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)

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We have all known for some time that Mr. Heston had Alzheimer's and other health problems, and I was wondering during the recent annual Easter telecast of "The Ten Commandments" how he was doing. He had not been in the news much for quite a while so I assumed he was probably in poor shape. I hope he and his family were able to enjoy some of his films together during his final days.
From:cinemadave
Date:April 8th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)

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I guess you know that baby Moses in "The Ten Commandments" was played by Heston's son. It must have been interesting when the son directed his father in two movies.
From:cinemastar
Date:April 8th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)

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I had heard about Heston's son playing the infant Moses, but I did not know his son later went on to direct Heston. It should give the family some nice memories.

There is a lot of trivia out there about Heston's "The Ten Commandments" movie. I do not know how true some of it is. Larry Fine of The Three Stooges is supposed to have been an uncredited extra. Robert Vaughn is also said to have had a small role in the film. In some of the scenes it does look as though director C.B. DeMille included almost everyone. :)
From:cinemadave
Date:April 8th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)

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LARRY!!!!!
Oh Man, I have to watch it again, if only for the crowd scenes!
Thanks Cinema Star!