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Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby Shapley » Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:56 am

Charlton Heston passed away over the weekend. May he rest in peace.
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Re: Charleton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby jamiebk » Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:58 am

A great actor. He'll be missed. Such a shame about the Alzheimers.
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby BigJon@Work » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:21 am

Sorry, I've never found his acting to be "great." "Wooden" or “awkward” would be a better description for me.
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby treebeau » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:27 am

Certainly a great body of work. Even though I "like" him as an actor, I never thought of him as outstanding.

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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby jamiebk » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:57 am

Yeah...I get your point and agree. His acting was not "great" within the context of say a Daniel Day Lewis etc., but he had some great roles. Moses, Ben Hur, Solent Green, etc.

(I wonder if he was buried with his gun... and if anyone will try to wrest it from his hand... (OK...in poor taste, but you know that someone is going to think of it)
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby treebeau » Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:06 am

Well, if it's poor taste, I would have come up with it eventually. :-)
Was trying to come up with SOMETHING. Was "rifling" through my head for comments but you "beat me to the draw."

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P.S. And, for what it's worth, my FAVORITE role of his was as Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstacy".
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby Shapley » Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:14 am

He had a strong voice, and a muscular build, which made him popular for the type of roles he played. His voice made him popular as a narrator as well.

I don't recall his days as a civil-rights activist. His political activities came to my attention in the '80s, when he was a vocal supporter of Ronaldus Maximus (whom he knew from his film days) and later as the National Rifle Association spokesman.

Many of his films are classics, and he set the standard by which some characters are measured: Moses, Ben Hur, etc.,. In those films, however, the acting was secondary to the spectacle. He did perform in Shakespeare's Hamlet, but I don't know how well he did since I didn't see it. (Isn't Shakespeare the barometer used to guage one's acting ability?)

Few performers can match the roles he's played, from God to Moses, Michaelangelo to Hamlet, the last man on Earth to a skin-clad astronaut wrestling with monkeys. Quite an achievement, IMHO.
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby BigJon@Work » Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:36 am

I agree on the amazing collection of movies he was in. It's a resume to be envied.
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby barfle » Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:03 pm

There are actors who can make the role fit them, rather than the other was around. Chuck Heston was one of those, as was John Wayne.

Whether that makes an actor great or not isn't my call. I generally found the movies he acted in to be quite enjoyable (although most of the theaters I saw them in were those strange things called "drive-ins," so immersion in the spectacle was limited), and many were very impressive.

As I do with most actors, I tend to disregard their politics - their claim to fame is in convincing us they are someone else, so politics should be a side issue (as it is with me).

He was certainly an icon of the industry, and as such he will be remembered for a long, long time.
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby jamiebk » Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:10 pm

Nice! Ben Hur music is playing now.
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby Serenity » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:44 pm

What's his most famous quote?
"Let my people go!"

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"Get your stinkin' paws off me you damn, dirty ape!"
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Re: Charlton Heston. R. I. P.

Postby jamiebk » Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:40 am

Serenity wrote:What's his most famous quote?
"Let my people go!"

or

"Get your stinkin' paws off me you damn, dirty ape!"


or


"If you want to take my gun, you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands"
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