Charlton Heston died yesterday. He was 84.
In my brain, there are two Charlton Hestons. There's the Charlton Heston who is Moses for generations of movie watchers. Academy Award winning Heston for his chariot driving role in Ben-Hur. Post-apocalypse Heston from Planet of the Apes. 60's Civil Rights activist Heston. The heroic Heston, y'know?
Then there's that other Charlton Heston. The Heston of the NRA. The Heston of the extreme, crazy-assed right wing. The Heston of Bowling for Columbine. Nut-Job Heston. Or perhaps, Bizarro Heston.
These two Hestons, I know, are the same man. But for my own peace of mind, I must split them and hold them apart from one another. That way I can laud the many admirable qualities of Heroic Heston while despising and, yes, pitying Bizarro Heston. That's something Heroic Heston and I can do together.
Oh, don't forget... Everybody be sure to look out for the special Heston varietal of Soylent Green due to hit shelves this week!