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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/movies/06heston.html?ref=todayspaper&pagewanted=all


While I certainly didn't agree with most of his politics, he was a hell of an actor. While most people point to Ben-Hur or The Ten Commandment, my favorite Heston movies were "The Greatest Show on Earth" and, of course, "Planet of the Apes".

Although I'm sure I'm not getting all the details right, I remember Heston talking about a talk he had with Yakima Canutt, who coordinated the chariot race in Ben-Hur. Apparently, Heston was concerned about getting hurt (I think that was the issue) and was expressing his concern to Canutt, who was an experienced stuntman.

Canutt looked at Heston and dryly replied to his concerns "don't worry Chuck, I'll make sure you win the damn race."

I wonder if 40 or 50 years from now we'll look back at the current crop of movie "stars" as fondly as we do the likes of Heston, John Wayne or Clark Gable?

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