I guess the Guardian saves the nice obituaries for people like this "warm, funny and blunt" charmer. Meanwhile, the death of one of the movie greats gets this:
Having marched alongside Martin Luther King in the early 1960s, he subsequently swung to the right, endorsing the 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, railing against what he saw as political correctness and later campaigning for George W Bush....This isn't even an argument - it's libel dressed up as cultural criticism. Which is ironic becuase the same article gives us an insight into just why Hollywood is circling the drain:
The actor claimed to see no contradiction in his early support for civil rights and his later role as cheerleader for the NRA.
To his detractors, Heston could be an inflexible, monolithic presence, weighed down by his own mantle of heroism and pious sense of virtue.Well, at least Hollywood's moved on from 'heroism' and 'virtue'. Also from 'audiences' and 'profit'. I guess we need a movie starring Hayden Christensen as a loveable drug dealer. That ought to get the punters flocking back.