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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by hana, Apr 5, 2008.
Enjoyed many of his films. Truly a great actor.
I just saw Beneath the Planet of the Apes the other day and had a huge smile on my face when I saw him appear at the end of the movie. He will be missed, but I plan on watching many of his movies this summer.
He made a great Moses. He was also in a little known movie called "Omega Man" that is one of my favorites.
I presume one could finally pry loose that gun he has in his cold dead hands...
^^Haha, I thought the same thing.
going to miss him.
I just read this. such a sad day. He always reminded me of my Dad. they look similar, except my dad is shorter. I will surly miss him. The Golden Era of movies is just about gone. How many are left from that time?
lol. you are so uncouth.
rest in peace mr heston.
Now, now, let's not get this moved into the PRSI forum. (I LOL'd though)
I always liked him when I was a kid but all that guns 'n' ammo fanaticism put me off him in the end.
He was also a champion of civil rights, marching along side Martin Luther King.
I didn't know that and it softened me a little but then I remembered that he campaigned for Ronald Reagan in 1984, George Bush in 1988 and George W. Bush in 2000. So ... he's a misguided right wing wanker is about as generous as I can be.
I'm sorry you are so negative towards the man, although I appreciate your honesty. So, I will use this post as an other way to honor a person who helped make so many wonderful movies and fight for injustice in our American society.
"Soylent Green" is the other quirky apocalyptic movie that he was in that I really liked.
Omega Man was a great 70's movie.
Politics aside, he was a great man in many ways.
My grandad was a lifetime member of the NRA also.
That doesn't mean he was bad, it means that he believed in his rights as an American citizen to protect himself & his family.
No-one should talk ill of the dead unless they truly deserve it.
Charlton Heston surely didnt deserve to be slagged.
surely he will always be a movie legend.
I really hate the way no one ever speaks their mind on this board.
Having watched Heston on the screen since I was a kid, I was sad to read of his passing.
Regarding his politics, I would gladly admit that he was not perfect. I found this link elsewhere and found it an interesting read:
(speech given at Harvard Law School, 1999)
Hello - you clearly like the bloke and I don't want to upset you. As an actor, sure ... I liked him. Saturday afternoons watching a sand and sandals epic or getting permission to stay up late to watch The Omega Man - then yes it's the passing of a star. A type of star that I don't think exists anymore. But he ventured into politics and when you get to know someone's politics it can go either way ..
"There is no duty more noble than that which has called you across the world in defense of freedom. Yours is a mission of hope and humanity for the oppressed. Rest assured that while pretend-patriots talk of supporting you, even as they condemn your noble cause, an unwavering vast majority of Americans share and take pride in your mission. You represent all that is good and right about America and are the true face of American patriotism. You walk in those same righteous footsteps of all those patriots who, before you, fought to preserve liberty for all. Our prayers and our personal gratitude are with you and your families. May God Bless You, Charlton and Lydia Heston."
Now that kind of thing may play well with you but it's enough for me to forget the films and just think about the "gun toting, burger munching, invasion monkey"* aspect to his legacy.
*To adjust a familiar slur
I'm sorry but I have to jump on that. Having a gun lying around has nothing to do with "rights as an American citizen to protect himself & his family". In fact many gun accidents happen because junior had to play with the gun while daddy was away, or stuff like that.
Don't get me wrong, I loved Ben Hur for example. But playing Bible heroes while being extremely obsessed with guns and firepower always seemed very ambivalent to me.
As an actor and a legend of cinema I'll miss him, the right wing NRA guy won't be missed at all.
Kirk Douglas and Clint Eastwood, maybe?
Wakes up in the morgue..."Get your hands off me, you damn dirty mortician!"
He played many great roles in larger than life movies...R.I.P Mr. Heston
I image those who support the NRA will miss him.
Yeah, all that fanatical constitutional crap really puts me off, too.
I can't stand all this freedom we have.
Especially all the privacy and speech crap.
I would feel much safer in an Orwellian state where we are forced to speak German or Japanese.
Rest in peace, Mr. Heston, because someone will pick up your torch and continue your cause to preserve liberty and freedom from oppression and fascism.