Saturday, May 18, 2013

Charlton Heston & nudity

What was up with Charlton Heston and his seemingly lack of clothes in most of his films? I always figured the PEPLUM genre asked him to do these scenes (in TEN COMMANDMENTS or BEN-HUR...) but Charlton was also seen sans clothes in other films like PLANET OF THE APES, THE OMEGA MAN and SOYLENT GREEN so one can't blame the PEPLUM genre for this. I don't think there's ever been an actor who was seen in the buff as much as he was. If you search google for any Heston nudity you'll find a good number of photos which I won't post in this article. Was it in his contract or he was simply an exhibitionist?

Charlton in JULIUS CAESAR (1950); one of his first film roles and when we see him for the first time in that film he's nearly naked. The trend would continue in almost all his films. 

Heston swings into action in his underwear in THE WAR LORD

Charlton Heston, 49, struts his stuff in ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. Eric Porter tries not to look there.

Heston, 47, in the 1970 version of JULIUS CAESAR

5 comments:

Scott said...

Apparently Heston was never shy about nudity, because when he first came to New York to make it as an actor after World War II, he and his wife both worked as artists models -- i.e., they posed nude for life drawing classes at the various colleges and arts schools around town -- something he freely admitted in interviews.

Got to give him credit for remaining fit his whole life -- not many 50-year old actors would strip down to a teeny tiny loin cloth.

gpm said...

A little saggy and gross in the later pics but, as Max Bialystock said, "If you got it, flaunt it, baby." And baby had some stuff worth flaunting in his salad days. Still a bit scrawny, but the JC 50 picture is otherwise a good example.

--gpm

Michael O'Sullivan said...

Yes, when a young student he posed for life classes and said his wife knitted him a little posing pouch!

I briefly met Heston in early 70s when he was promoting one of his western movies here in London, and he signed the programme for us. I remember him towering over me.

PEPLUM cinema said...

That's cool, Michael.

Lea Ilmari said...

He has so gorgeous body that would be shame not to see it. It is not vulgar, it is natural and beautifull