MOSES AL­MOST PLAYED GOD

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

AC­TOR Charl­ton He­ston, who died this week, did not boast any Jewish an­ces­try, but this did not put off the Hol­ly­wood stu­dio chiefs who kept cast­ing him in Jewish roles. There was Ben-Hur, the Jewish char­iot driver in the epony­mous 1959 clas­sic, there was his tablet-wield­ing Moses in the The Ten Com­mand­ments. How­ever, what could have been He­ston’s great­est Jewish role never quite came off. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Jerusalem Post, the FBI re­cruited the ac­tor as the 1993 Waco siege in Texas in­volv­ing the Da­vid­ian re­li­gious sect of reached stale­mate. The idea was that He­ston was to have por­trayed the Voice of God in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the cult leader David Koresh. The plan was never put into ac­tion, how­ever. So was He­ston the most Jewish non-Jewish ac­tor ever? Per­haps not. His fi­nal film role was as the no­to­ri­ous Nazi, Dr Josef Men­gele.

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