Heston’s career surged in an era when “the difference between good and evil, and the eventual triumph of the good, the reward of the virtuous, of the heroic, was almost always recognized,”
That was the thing I loved about the movies I watched when I was younger. The movies were a form of escapism, a way to run away into a world where everything was possible and anything could happened yet things were always simple, black and white and more importantly to me, it was a place where the ending always seemed to give hope about life and the choices we make.
Movies and going to the cinema have always been a big part of my family. Two of my favorite movies starred Charlton Heston – Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments. Charlton Heston was this rugged heroic screen figure with the chiseled jawline that would make even Superman jealous. In a way, he was moral absolutism personified. I remember my family going to watch them when the old Picturehouse, in a building of its own next to Cathay building, screened classics like Doctor Zhivago, Gone With The Wind, Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments. Those were the times of really epic movies when they had an intermission – toilet break. Incidentally, the only modern film I’ve watched with an intermission is Lagaan which is also one of my favorite movies – it finally helped me understand the game of cricket.
I actually enjoyed seeing Charlton Heston in the movie True Lies more than the Jamie Lee Curtis striptease.
3 Rules for being a man:
1. No Whining
2. Suck it up and take it
3. What would Charlton Heston do?