Monday, April 22, 2013
A Tale of Three Men
You see, I've always been loyal to the only three "Hollywood" men I've ever loved. Oh, handsome faces come and go, boy bands rise and fall, stars shine bright and then fade, but my guys? Oh, my guys are everything I like in a guy...
First, there is Charlton Heston. (Sigh.) He is my first love and, truth be told, I am most loyal to him. I have loved him since I saw him in the original "Planet of the Apes" movie. Now, considering that movie was released when I was only three, I assume I was a little older the first time I ever saw it on television - maybe five? My brothers are seven and nine years older than me, so I had a tendency to watch whatever they were watching. They were both "Planet of the Apes" fans, so I remember watching it many times as I was growing up. Heston's character represented what an intelligent, brave hero should be. I loved his voice - strong, confident, and in command. He wasn't a "pretty boy," he was rugged and manly. (I won't even talk about how great he looked as the young Moses...)
Last, but certainly not least, there is Ethan Hawke. I met Ethan in the movie "White Fang," but didn't fall for him until "Reality Bites" and I fell hook, line, and sinker. His character, Troy, in that movie was that slightly tortured, sensitive soul that every girl hopes is hidden somewhere deep inside of every man. While seeming like a lost little boy, Troy struggled to find a deeper meaning to life and all the crap we go through. He screwed up a lot (don't we all?), but...he was always himself - good or bad - with no apologies. Somehow, I liked that about him and admired it. I have continued to love Ethan through all his various roles, and I have a particular fondness for him as Finnegan in "Great Expectations" and Jesse in "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" movies.
As for age differences, well,...Charlton has always been way too old for me and, sadly, he has now passed away. I still adore him, though. He is still number one in my book. Christian and Ethan are closer to my age - just a few years younger - and I continue to enjoy seeing what they're accomplishing in their lives and careers.
Now, if you're wondering what prompted me to tell you all of this, you won't have to wonder for very long. My next post will make things a little more clear.
For now, though, just enjoy the pictures! I know I am... :)