Men of the West Apr 9, 2008 11:16:40 GMT -5
Post by Glorfindel on Apr 9, 2008 11:16:40 GMT -5
Just wanted to post something close to a tribute for the passing of Charlton Heston. Now what does he have to do with anything about Middle Earth? Well, nothing actually, but he has been iconic to me when I think of movie heroes and larger than life characters. In addition, he has been in several genre type movies and was a good actor. You might not know too much about his career unless you are over the age of 30 or happen to be an old school movie buff. The "The Ten Commandments", which he plays Moses, might be his most well known film. My favorite is "Ben Hur" in which he won the Oscar for best actor. There are other good films like "El Cid", "Planet of the Apes (original)" and so on.
For me, reading about men like Beor, Barahir, Beren, Eärendil, and Túrin, in the Silmarillion and of course Boromir, Faramir, and Aragorn to name a few from LOTR; I sometimes think about who would be a modern representation of what a man of the west was in Middle Earth. Certainly if the Lord of the Rings had been made into a movie back in the late 50's or early 60's, and done on a large scale like "Ben Hur" or "The Ten Commandments", he probably would have been considered for a role (he was 6' 3" (1.91 m) a runner, swimmer, and tennis player).
If you haven't checked one of his films out lately, I suggest you take a look at least at "The Planet of the Apes (1968)", "Touch of Evil (1958)", or if you have 3 hours "Ben Hur (1959)".
I'll miss you Chuck, rest in peace.