Sunday, April 06, 2008
I wasn’t much of a Charlton Heston fan, and found his right-wing politics and promotion of gun ownership rather offensive. (And weird, since Heston had started out as a Democrat and supported President Lyndon Johnson’s Gun Control Act of 1968.) But upon hearing today that Heston died last night at age 84, I couldn’t help remembering that he once marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in support of civil rights and made two science-fiction films that I’ll never regret seeing: Planet of the Apes (1968) and Soylent Green (1973). National Public Radio’s Gloria Hillard recalled Heston’s long and complicated life, as well as his movie masterpieces, on this morning’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Listen to her report here.
READ MORE: “Charlton Heston, R.I.P.,” by Marty McKee (Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot); “The Origin of the Planet of the Apes,” by Rick Klaw (Dark Forces Book Group).