Frontier Former Editor

April 6, 2008

Charlton Heston

I always wondered what happened or who manipulated him into becoming a shill for the National Rifle Association’s Reagan and post-Reagan eras’ manifestations, but I also found myself torn between that image and what he also stood for in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.

When Michael Moore tore into him in ‘Bowling for Columbine,’ I felt very uneasy on several levels.

Obituary . . . .


  1. Yeah, the first thing I thought when I read the news of his death was ‘I wonder who took the gun from his cold dead hands’. Michael Moore’s website has a tasteful memorial up, but I agree that interview was disturbing. I was (and still am) surprised that Heston ever agreed to doing it.

    Comment by azahar — April 7, 2008 @ 1:52 am

  2. At some point in most celebrities’ careers, so it seems to me, they hit a point at which people stop telling them “No.”

    “No, Tom. Don’t get into Scientology on Oprah, just don’t go there…”

    “No Michael, a sleepover with a nine-year old really isn’t a good idea.”

    And also:

    “Chuck, for chrissakes–the town’s still burying children. Could you please just cancel the damned appearance?”

    He made a lot of good movies, and a smart move might have been to stop there. At the time he took on the mantle of advocate for free-fire-zone-America, he was still sound of mind.

    Unfortunately, they were willing to ride him like a rented horse. Instead of retiring him, they just let him make a continually bigger ass of himself.

    I feel Moore just captured the rather sad image of an old man who should’ve quit making speeches at least a decade earlier.

    Comment by Metro — April 7, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  3. I felt uneasy too. Leave the old guy alone! I thought.

    Comment by Stiletto — April 11, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

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