Charlton Heston died last Saturday. Now that he has gone, my mind goes back to that ghastly attack on him by Michael Moore in 2002 when Heston was already suffering from Alzheimer’s.
When Mr Heston was younger and healthier I am sure that he could have stood up for himself against Moore’s attack. He had fought many battles for the Actors’ Guild. He supported civil rights and took part in demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. In fact, he originally was a Democrat supporter.
Heston also comported himself admirably during his long acting career. And what’s very impressive is that while other actors were screwing around marrying a few times, he remained married to the same wife. Not an easy thing to achieve in the glamorous world of Hollywood.
Now I don’t support his views about the right to bear arms. Neither does Michael Moore. But Moore knew full well in 2002 that Heston was seriously ill with Alzheimer’s when he ambushed his home in order to attack him about his National Rifle Association Presidency.
Moore was making his documentary, “Bowling for Columbine” and as we now know, he was in the habit of setting up many phoney scenes and pretending that they were impromptu.
When Moore attacked him for his views, Heston was very gracious and politely excused himself from the interview. I wish that I had been there and I would have given Moore a lecture on hitting a man when he’s down.
Rude, fat, and obnoxious Moore showed what a hungry publicity seeker he really is. Heston behaved like a gentleman. A very sick one, but a gentleman nevertheless.
You really can judge a man by the way he behaves towards vulnerable people. Moore is a bully who received much more fame than he deserved. His docos are set up. He doesn’t care if he hurts sick, old and vulnerable people who can’t defend themselves. I don’t like fakes and I don’t like bullies and that’s what Michael Moore is.
I was also disappointed that George Clooney joked about Heston’s Alzheimer’s in 2003 saying that he deserved what he got for supporting the NRA. This is what Heston said according to the Internet Movie Database:-
Heston responded to Clooney’s remarks by noting the “class” of the actor’s late aunt, singer-actress Rosemary Clooney.
“It just goes to show that sometimes class does skip a generation,”
Shame on Clooney and shame on Michael Moore!
Charlton Heston will be remembered long after Clooney and Moore are archived under “Big mouth, small brain, and no heart.”