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He's a mystery man and I think it's a good idea to occasionally bring back a good character. He's a bit like the man with no name, but he's got more depth, more humor. I think he's capable of more things on either side of the law. He's got glamor. I think a lot of the glamor is missing in motion pictures today and it's very necessary to bring it back. It's interesting to really get to the bottom ...
In 1995, Charlton Heston
denied a claim by screenwriter Gore Vidal
that there was a gay subtext to the film Ben-Hur
(1959). Vidal claims he wrote the script with such an implication and mentioned the subtext to director William Wyler
. Boyd, who played Ben-Hur's friend (and later nemesis) Messala, supposedly was in on this subtext and played his scenes as if he had been spurned by his gay lover. ...
Often cast in historical epics