He was very lonely and extremely depressed about his struggling career.
“In 2004, before anyone had even seen ‘The Passion of The Christ’, before Mel Gibson would drunkenly reveal his darker side, leftists poured out of the entertainment, academic and religious worlds to unleash an unholy hell on the film and its maker. Too late to stop the film ( it had secured distribution ), the goal was therefore two-fold: to hurt the movie financially ( which obviously failed ) but also to launch a pre-emptive strike against any filmmaker thinking about following Gibson’s lead and scampering off the liberal Hollywood plantation. The message was clear: Stray and you will be personally destroyed. And it worked. ‘The Passion’ may be the only film to make over a half-billion dollars and not create a me-too phenomenon. A more tolerant industry, or at least one driven by financial considerations, would’ve quickly greenlit a serious-minded sequel based on the Acts of The Apostles.
Reasonable people would call this a form of BLACKLISTING but liberal Hollywood isn’t reasonable and rather than have an honest discussion on the matter, they instead wrap us around the axle of specificity when it comes to the word ‘BLACKLIST’. So let’s use another word: ‘PASSIONING’.
‘PASSIONING’ is what happens when the leftist Hollywood establishment, using whatever power available, demeans, dismisses, diminishes and defames those they consider an ideological apostate. In 2004, it was Mel Gibson and ‘The Passion of The Christ’. In 2008, it’s director David Zucker and ‘An American Carol’.”
( “David Zucker Commits Hollywood Treason” by John Nolte, Pajamas Media : August 21, 2008 )
“Today’s entertainment industry conservatives can only wish they lived under the same type of BLACKLIST practiced in the 1950s. As terribly misguided as that was, there was at least an honesty to it. There was An Actual List and when you were on it, you were told you were on it and understood why your phone had stopped ringing. This gave victims something to fight against and better yet, no one tried to stereotype them as untalented, paranoid whiners for daring to mention its existence.
Today’s PROGRESSIVE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST is a much more insidious thing. By design it functions in a way that still punishes those who stray from the ideological plantation but like the elephant behind Jimmy Durante, remains hidden well enough in plain sight so that when you try to point it out, the Progressive Blacklisters can say, ‘What elephant?” even as they laugh in your face.
The PROGRESSIVE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST is a system upheld with no small amount of help from the entertainment media. They are Leftist Hollywood’s professional character assassins specialized in the dark art of keeping the industry ideologically pure through the stereotyping of conservatives.
THE NEW BLACKLIST works in small and large ways, against big stars and those on the rise. Regardless, the entertainment media’s role is always a huge win-win for the Intolerant Hollywood Left. First, this dishonest stereotyping, usually through ridicule, of conservatives as no-talent malcontents makes them much less attractive to work with in any capacity – thus creating another excuse to keep conservatives away from the powerful and influential leaders of our popular culture. Second, media’s cruel game of Conservative Whack-A-Mole is deliberately designed to send an intimidating message to anyone else thinking of declaring themselves as right-of-center. The more isolated industry conservatives are – the more alone they feel and the less likely they are to attempt to form the kind of alliance that wields any kind of influence.”
( “How Blacklisting Blacklisters Blacklist” by John Nolte, bighollywood.com : May 26, 2010 )
“What is it about us conservatives that turns Hollywood liberals mean? Perhaps we could ask GEORGE CLOONEY, who just set a sickening new low for nastiness in a personal attack on Charlton Heston.
In New York to accept an industry award, Clooney joked ‘Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s.’ This was calculated to bring maximum chuckles from the assembled glitterati, several of whom have gone for the jugulars of various conservatives. We are dazzled by all the glamour and talent, but after that it’s all downhill. The illusion fades as soon as they open their mouths, often revealing a bone-deep ugliness.
Interviewed in Long Island’s Newsday.com, Clooney was challenged for going too far. His response says it all: ‘I don’t care. Charlton Heston is the head of the National Rifle Association; he deserves whatever anyone says about him.’
There it is, the childlike cruelty of the showbiz liberal. He hates guns and fears people who own them. Therefore, their leader deserves to suffer from a terrible disease, no matter how noble his life or what a gentleman he was and still is.
Could George Clooney, now at the top of his game, wealthy and desired by many, possibly understand how utterly inhumane his remarks were? Does he know how Alzheimer’s disease incrementally deletes the memories and personalities of its sufferers, slowly erasing all that makes a person who he is? Can Clooney grasp that his own good looks and what acting talent he has will, barring untimely death, also gradually fade as he goes into that good night? In short, does he have a flicker of empathy, a glimmer of human concern for those less fortunate than he, to say nothing of those who don’t share his political views?
Another celebrity basher of conservatives is the mercurial ROSIE O’DONNELL, well known for luring Tom Selleck on her TV show to promote his latest movie. Instead, the NRA-hating host ambushed Selleck as an NRA spokesman which he denied. O’Donnell brushed off his polite attempts to placate her, repeatedly attacking him for daring to support responsible gun ownership. Selleck accused her of questioning his humanity, and he read her intent correctly. It’s not enough for Hollywood lefties to disagree. They feel obliged to hurt.
And then there’s JULIA ROBERT’s quip about finding the word ‘Republican’ in the dictionary just after ‘Reptile’ and just above ‘Repugnant’. She didn’t have much to say about why she hated Republicans, being more leggy and toothy than brainy. Just expressing those not-so-pretty feelings is all that’s required of the glamorous.
Logically enough, Roberts fired off this little bit of nastiness at a benefit for AL GORE just before he lost the 2000 election. Did she take a cue from Gore himself, who broke new ground in his famous 1994 reference to ‘the extra chromosome right wing’? Whether he meant to or not, Gore heartlessly insulted every boy and girl with the chromosomal error trisomy 21, better known as Down Syndrome. Run that past the families of about 350,000 American kids and young adults with Down Syndrome, and it’s not cute. It’s just heartless.
Now, politics gets a little indecorous at times and even conservatives can go over the line. But most conservatives are satisfied with a thoughtfully scornful phrase. They don’t feel the liberal compulsion to inflict personal pain as a statement of political belief. Republican vice president Spiro Agnew’s jibes at liberals comes to mind. Who couldn’t laugh at ‘an effete corps of impudent snobs’ or ‘nattering nabobs of negativism’?
The shenanigans of Clooney, Roberts, and O’Donnell play well at entertainment industry dinners and Democratic fundraisers. But the ratings are not so good everywhere else. The vast swath of red counties on the 2000 electoral map is where the celebrity blood sport of trashing conservatives doesn’t work. Personal attacks on our political opponents are quite simply not consistent with conservative values. This is doubtless related to the current ascendancy of the party of conservatives and the simultaneous poverty of any unifying moral force on the left.
George Clooney is lucky that his character defect is curable. The best prescription is a large and purgative dose of humility. A very public apology to Charlton Heston and his family would be a good first step on the road to redemption.”
( “HOLLYWOOD’S ETHIC OF HATE” by Timothy Wheeler, M.D., The Claremont Institute, www.claremont.org : February 5, 2003 )
Joe Zimmerman writes:
A while back, I wrote an article entitled “Hollywood Hypocrisy On Guns” where I exposed the double standards of celebrity anti-gun rights activists like George Clooney, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Today, the topic is hotter than ever since the Obama administration decided to attack the 2nd Amendment.
Most recently, Hollywood comedian JIM CARREY has joined the debate as a champion of the anti-gun movement after releasing his internet video entitled “Cold Dead Hands”, a “Hee Haw” style music video where he mocks legendary actor CHARLTON HESTON and attacks American gun owners. In the sketch, Carrey states that Mr. Heston “never made it to heaven” after he passed away and then continues on to insult 60-70 million law abiding gun owners by suggesting their ownership of guns is a form of compensation for lack of penis size. Eventually, Carrey ends his video by flipping the camera.
Considering all the press Carrey has gotten over this social commentary video, readers of this article most likely have heard all about the story. So, I thought I’d offer you, the reader, a first hand glimpse into the mind sets of both JIM CARREY and CHARLTON HESTON, minus the gun debate.
You see, I’ve had the privilege of spending time with both performers on set back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. I normally believe it’s not a good idea for people in the industry to intimately expose the people they work with. But in this case, we have one man ( JIM CARREY ) unjustly mocking and belittling a defenseless dead man ( CHARLTON HESTON ).
I share my experiences because political philosopher Edmund Burke once said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Back in 1989, I played one of Charlton Heston’s bodyguards in a TV movie of the week entitled “Original Sin”. After arriving on location in Northridge, California, I strolled down to the craft service table at the edge of the empty field. At the time, I was the only one there. Not long after, a man followed and came to the table to get something to eat. That man was CHARLTON HESTON. Being fairly new to the industry and my first day on this set, I kept to myself. But Mr. Heston greeted me with a smile and a very sincere “Good morning, young man.” This started a short ( and now ) forgotten idle chit-chat that started my day with some positive energy.
Through the production, I found Mr. Heston to be a very kind, peaceful man and consummate professional. The only big-timing I witnessed was his chair. He had a larger-than-life personalized leather ( saddle-type ) set chair that was magnificent in appearance and would have fit perfectly on one of his earlier historical films like “El Cid”.
Again, I can’t stress enough how professional Mr. Heston was. Even at an elderly age and suffering obvious knee problems, I watched during filming how he ran after a fleeting car down a long driveway, take after take, never once complained or asking for a photo-double.
I also remember the day I worked on the FOX comedy show “In Living Color” back in the early 1990’s. I was there to be part of the segment for a “Head Detective” skit where JIM CARREY played the head mob boss.
While waiting throughout the day for production to get to the segment, I watched as they shot other pieces for the show. During the down time, I also watched Jim Carrey come on stage and horse around. At some point, he lifted a very large African tribal spear ( a prop from a previous skit ) and started swinging it. Eventually, with his carelessness, he accidentally struck one of his female co-stars ( Kelly Coffield Park ) in the back of the head. Kelly doubled over in severe pain. Holding her head down with both hands, she ran off the stage with the assistance of a stagehand.
To my amazement, Carrey didn’t console her or follow her off the set. The man simply looked around to see if anyone had seen him and then started laughing ( almost nervously ). It appeared like the behavior that an eight year old would display after he hit a girl on the playground during recess, trying to make light of something he had done he knew was bad.
His laugh could only be described as “wicked” or “sinister”. To this day, that incident is fresh in my memory because of the man’s strange behavior. If Carrey would have helped her or shown any compassion for her, I would have probably forgotten it ever happened. But his actions instilled something in me that made me question his mental state. I can only hope that sometime afterwards he eventually apologized to her. Not only for striking her in the head but for mocking her when she ran off in pain.
In retrospect, CHARLTON HESTON was a man who once commanded the motion picture screen with such award-winning performances as “Ben-Hur” and Moses in “The Ten Commandments”, a man who enlightened and entertained the world with his talents for half a century. And lest we forget, he was also a champion of Civil Rights when many stars of his caliber shunned such controversy. He is well-known for publicly supporting and accompanying Martin Luther King, Jr. A leading defender of our 2nd Amendment rights, Mr. Heston was a gentle and loyal man who was married 64 years to the same woman until his passing.
With so many credits to Mr. Heston’s name, I find it disgraceful that JIM CARREY ( of all people ) is trying to teach a new generation of Americans to hate this man. The fact that Carrey is picking on someone who can’t defend himself, I believe, will eventually backfire if good people stand up to his adolescent rhetoric.
Because I know first-hand that Jim Carrey is indeed talented, I can also reassure the public that he’s just a juvenile comic who’s rise to fame originated with his talking out of his ass. And nothing much has changed.
( “Jim Carrey vs. Charlton Heston” posted by Robert Farago on April 3, 2013 @ www.thetruthaboutguns.com )