Monday, April 7, 2008
Tribute: Charlton Heston
Legendary actor Charlton Heston died on Saturday. He was 84. Now one may look at his political life, as he began as one of the most liberal actors in Hollywood during the 50's and 60's, then made a switch to conservatism in the early 80's, eventually becoming the NRA President in 1998. It's a strange change, but this is not a blog to comment on the political leanings of deceased actors. This is here to honor an actor who left an undeniable print on the Hollywood landscape.
Heston will never be forgotten as he has starred in several iconic movies, and uttered iconic lines in this gritty, lock jawed manner.
"GET YOUR STINKING PAWS OFF ME, YOU DAMN DIRTY APES!"
"SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!"
Yeah, you know those lines, and only Heston could speak those words.
Heston will never escape our conscience, because Heston has become a part of everyday American culture. Every time there's an Easter/Passover weekend, The Ten Commandments will play, and you watch as he makes Moses a badass. You watch as he badasses his way through Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man. Charlton rewrote the book on being an action hero. But unlike today's action hero, you knew you could not mess with him.
Charlton will be remembered for two things; his politics and his acting career. It's better to look at his acting career, because hopefully it will never be forgotten. He was not only an action hero, but a great actor. You and I both know that at some point, we'll all try a gruff voice and speak a line from one of his movies. Rest in Peace, Charlton.