By Tony Hicks
Sunday, April 6th, 2008 at 12:43 pm in Uncategorized.
I was all over the Internet this morning, trying to find the clip of Charlton Heston as the “good actor” in “Wayne’s World 2.” The best thing I could find, instead, was this clip of him from “Omega Man” watching the hippes from the “Woodstock” film. Which, by the way, was one of the most terrifying movies I saw as a child. Not “Woodstock” … “Omega Man.”
Then again, parts of “Woodstock” are pretty damned terrifying as well.
But I loved Charlton Heston movies back then (It was pretty close between the “Omega Man” scene and the “damned dirty ape” scene of “Planet of the Apes”). Or was it “filthy?” Either way, I thought he was the absolute pinnacle as an actor (I was absolutely crushed when he died heroically during “Midway,” which I think was the first non-animated movie I ever saw at a theater). When they went into the “bad actor” scene in “Wayne’s World,” and Mike Myers started saying they needed a real actor, I automatically thought of Heston a split second before he entered the screen.
I even liked Heston on “The Colbys.” No, no one really knows what the hell is wrong with me.
Heston was one of the few actors who absolutely dominated the screen whenever he showed up. He teetered on being overly dramatic, but not so much that he could captain the starship Enterprise. But I would’ve paid good money to see William Shatner and Charlton Heston in the same scene. People talk about the epic restaurant scene with Pacino and DeNiro in “Heat.” No chance. I’d take Shatner and Heston any day.
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