Meeting Charlton Heston
by Carlton Pruitt
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One of my all time favorite films is "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston. I use to watch the film when it came out on television back in the 1970's.
Back in my high school years, when I attended a little Baptist church in Stockton, CA pastored by John Doolittle, I remember commenting to my pastor on the film's great visual effects, for example, the parting and closing of the Red Sea. I recall the pastor pointing out that the film was not entirely accurate when it showed only the Egyptians being drowned in the Red sea while Pharoah, portrayed by Yul Brenner, stayed behind in his chariot and watched all his men perish as God closed up the Red Sea and covered the Egyptians and their chariots and horses. The director Cecil B. DeMille perhaps hadn't read the scripture in Psalm 136:15 that would have given him given him a different view as to the fate of Pharoah.
This brings to remembrance the man who portrayed Moses in the classic film epic "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston.
Mr. Heston was a big man standing about 6'2 or 6'3. Never did I imagine I would meet this particular film star but in the providence of God I did come in contact with him many years later after high school, first in my hometown of Stockton, Ca and then in Los Angeles after making my move to Hollywood in 1996.
Mr. Heston passed away in April 2008 back when I was building my property cleanup business. I was pleased to have met Mr. Heston in my hometown Stockton, CA in 1996 before I moved to Hollywood, CA to pursue an acting career. I was working a catering event for Papapovlo's and served Mr. Heston some coffee and/or wine as I recall. Few if any words were exchanged as I served Mr. Heston and the other guests at his table.
The backyard where the private invitation was being held was spacious and included many tables serving perhaps 150-200 guests including Mr. Heston. I heard from a fellow caterer that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was also among the guests but that was never confirmed in my mind since I never saw Mrs. Thatcher that night.
In 1998 I met Mr. Heston again at the Governor's Ball and had my picture taken with him. That was a memorable year because the film "Titanic" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett won an Oscar for best picture. My friend Paul Walter took a picture of Mr. Heston and myself and later he took a picture Kate Winslett and I about the time I ran into Mr. Heston.
I'll always remember Mr. Heston's outstanding performance in Cecil B DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" which I use to watch as a teenager. Another film I enjoyed before moving to Hollywood was Will Penny where Mr. Heston played an aging cowboy.
Perhaps an equally if not even better film than the Ten Commandments starring the legendary actor is Ben-Hur. I recently purchased this on DVD which included the Ten Commandments for about $12.00. The price was modest.
The hauntingly beautiful music of Ben-Hur is sad in parts as some of the violin strings play a soft mellifluously sweet sound The horns sounds majestic as they show the Roman army on the march. The film is a story of redemption seldom if ever matched within the last 55 years. I highly recommend watching it if you haven't already. It's one of those films that can be viewed again and again with appreciation and the DVD I purchased has Mr. Heston's commentary on certain parts of the film and its production.
Many people don't know this but Mr. Heston kept a journal from 1950-1970 detailing his Hollywood film career. I hope to read it someday as it will probably give me a better understanding of the film business when it was in its heyday.
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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