continued from TOSOTW thread.
i cut heston no slack, but slack is in the eyes of the beholder. this is what i saw:
heston used to be an artist and he claimed he was orson's friend. when the estate said that no one had approached them to see if it was alright to rearange TOE, which might be viewed as proper protocol, chuky said, "Beatrice is sniffing around for a hand out. i suppose if universal were to offer her $30,000, she would walk away happy, but they are not inclined to, and i don't think they should give her anything!" i remember watching this on tv and thinking, 'what a jerk!'
then chuck appeared on numerous magazine entertainment shows, wagging his finger, saying orson did 'no nos!'
and he outright lied about how things took place. i have 5 books that say orson was first barred from the editing room, then was barred from the lot, then left america to film Don Q in mexico. chucky had a different order, mangling the events saying orson left for mexico during the editing then was fired. that's when he said, "that's a no, no. you don't do that".
being familiar with the events in TOE i was angered by chucky's rearangemet of facts. memory failure? outright lying? we'll never know, but undoubtedly, it angered the estate enough that it drew the thomas white/beatrice dragon out of it's cave, and they neutered the TOE dvd.
at the time of the restoration anouncement i had been working on the TOE book for about a year. my original intention was to shed some light on this incredible but ignored film. when i heard about the restoration it made me physically ill. my book now seemed like the work an opportunist; i was like another slyme writing an OJ book, so i put it aside for about 2 or 3 years. i only pulled it off the shelf in Feb, dusted it of, checked it out, liked it again, so started it again.
MY HESTON STORY:
some years back a freind went to some function at the Lincoln Center, and heston was one of the guests. after the ceremony all the people mingle and chit-chat. he said that the loudest noise in the room was heston slapping himself on the back. my friend cracked me up, he said heston displayed a marvelous talent for blowing himself, and he was never at a shortage of ears, they were lining up, eagerly awaiting his words; he was like moses!
he did part the red sea but no one told him it was a special effect.
SO I DON'T ONLY BAD-MOUTH HESTON, HERE IS MY CLAUDE AKINS STORY:
i'm at the Doral Country Club in South Miami. there is some charity function going on and there are a few famous people about the lounge. i'm taking a piss, and who comes in the restroom to piss, but claude akins. i'm thinking, "wow, i'm pissing beside a washed up actor who has pissed beside some of the greatest movie stars that ever lived; john wayne, montgomery clift, burt lancaster, dean martin". cluade finishes peeing, and doesn't wash his hands, just walked out with penis-hands.
i exit restroom, go back to the lounge and see claude shaking hands with dennis james.
would have been funny to write dennis james a letter and tell him this.