COOL 70's DUDE: Charlton Heston
OK, OK technically Charlton Heston is not a 70’s dude since his career began back in the 1940’s. We all know he is the fine actor who starred in critically acclaimed and loved by many costume dramas such as Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments (Moses, anyone?). Those aren't my kind of flicks. My favorite Charlton Heston period was when he became the B-movie King of the 70’s. Starting with The Planet Of The Apes (i.e. Planet of the Black Folks), Charlton went on to make several high adventure films. As Robert Neville in the Omega Man (1971) (one of my favorites), he tries to stop a race of mutant vampires from taking over the world and has an interracial affair in the film with actress Rosalyn Cash. Soylent Green (1973) was a film ahead of its time, dealing with euthanasia and global warming. In it he played Det. Robert Thorne, out to discover what the source of the “miracle food” is (Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!). In Airport 1975 he played hero Alan Murdock, helping to save a nose-diving passenger jet. In Earthquake (1974), he plays Stewart Graff, a lovable, cheating louse who rescues people trapped in a crumbling high rise from the aftermath of a natural disaster. Even in the cheesiest of films, Heston approaches each role with gusto like they were the great works of Shakespeare. It’s a shame that a guy who seemed to be having such fun in 70’s became a right-wing Republican and a card-carrying member of the NRA. What a douche!
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