Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Charlton Heston - FS4 Star Study Resource

I am aware of one student focusing on Charlton Heston for his small scale research project. It would be worth considering the various elements of Heston's performance in epics and why he seemed to be the star of choice for such films. Epic films were very popular between 1956-66 and Heston was invariably in many of them. What did he bring to epic films that other stars could not? Why did directors cast him and what did audiences expect from him in these films? What was the nature of his "screen presence"? Which performance from his films defined him as an actor for epics? Heston's link with the epic did not end on screen - he was also the president of the actors' union between 1966-71 and also of the pro-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, in the US. The link at the top of this post is a good one for posing the above question and there is a brief summary of several of Heston's films.

For more on Charlton Heston as an epic actor see:,9171,1729693,00.html

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