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 Post subject: Re: The Chuck Heston Workout
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:45 am 
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A young Heston at his boxing exercise... but the picture is too small.
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As a boxing fanatic, that photo of Heston wearing boxing gloves intrigues me. He never appeared as a modern boxer in the movies, but he starred in CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION on tv and nearly got the lead role in the tv version of REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, which later went to Jack Palance.


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 Post subject: Re: The Chuck Heston Workout
PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:14 pm 
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In Heston's heyday there were only (in my opinion) three American actors who were athletic enough to fill most of Chick's roles: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Heston)...not only the acting talent, but the physiques to 'carry' a wide screen film. Chuck had the body to run around nearly naked for most of the film in 1968's "Planet of the Apes", even at his age. Impressive. Indeed, Heston's shoulders and chest were the foundations on which to build nations and empires....but the action in his films was real, utterly possible action (we know it was because he actually did it)...not the impossible silliness of what we see on the screen today.

Chuck had a basketball player's body...and everyone knows that they are among the most impressive athletes on Earth. John Havlicek of the Boston Celtics was, in his prime, perhaps the best conditioned athlete in the world. He and Heston had much in common as near contemporaries....Big Ten educations, etc., etc.

Arnold and Sly have, to the eyes of many, grotesque physiques...overly muscled, thickly muscled, not the lithe, quick muscles of Heston, Lancaster and Douglas. Let's face it: the "Rocky" films have Stallone (and his opponents) taking punishment that would surely kill ANY athlete. Praised for their 'accurate' depiction of boxing? I don't think so! Arnold's fantasy world(s) are built around his enormous, but slow, musculature., as he hulks through the melee. And now we have the cartoon-like figures of mighty Spartan warriors from "300" (and its awful sequel) to try to follow. Have you seen the "Spartacus" TV series? Speaking of overly-developed bodies and horrific punishment...yet they still manage to rise from the sand and fight to victory after having their heads pounded by sledgehammers. It's a video game film world we are entering now....a world of the fantasies played by overweight geeks who can't get out of their chair to get another bag of Doritos....breakfast of today's champions.


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 Post subject: Re: The Chuck Heston Workout
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:57 pm 
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Chuck at his swimming exercise --

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Swimmining, and then... streaching...

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