Birmingham Stage Company

Charlton Heston

09 April 2008

My idol for years! Michael Moore put paid to my boyhood admiration of Heston in his film BOWLING FOR COLOMBINE - plus the fact that Heston's autobiography (I have a signed copy!) is one of the most boring ever written. But BEN HUR was my favourite film throughout my childhood and I still find it irresistible - the music alone is one of the greatest scores ever written. And BEN HUR not only features Heston, but also one of my favourite actors of the 20th century, Jack Hawkins.

(Hawkins' autobiography is gripping from start to finish, including the appallingly tragic end, which was completed by his wife)

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