As you've no doubt heard, Charlton Heston died this weekend. It's debatable what his greatest role was - Moses? Ben Hur? The human guy in Planet of the Apes? Hopefully he's not remembered as the crazy head of the NRA.
When a well known actor like Heston passes away I like to scan his works and see if there was any Shakespeare we can talk about. I found something interesting about Mr. Heston, who by the way played the Player King in Brannagh's Hamlet. Check this out:
Julius Caesar (1950) .... Antony
Seems the man was born to play Marc Antony! According to IMDB Heston actually directed the 1972 A&C himself. I wonder how often you get to see an actor play the same role with a 20 year difference between them? In 1950 he would have been just 26.
You want something downright spooky? Heston played Sir Thomas More in the 1988 TV version of A Man for All Seasons. In the 1966 movie version the title role was played by Shakespearean actor Paul Scofield, who himself died less than a month ago.
That's a little eerie. Or, you know, coincidental. Take your pick.