Charlton Heston has died. Never has one actor starred in so very many cheesy movies without earning an Ed Wood-like reputation. Think about it: all of those weird 1950s biblical/ancient world epics (The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur), then the 1960s and 70s sci-fi and disaster movies (The Planet of the Apes and sequels, Soylent Green, and Earthquake). How did he do it? Maybe by taking himself and all of these roles so seriously, and remaining resolutely humorless in spite of the laughable material he was asked to perform.
And remember: Soylent green? “It’s people!!!”
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