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Gore Vidal Quotes: Gay Ben-hur Subtext? (See previous post: “Caligula / The Best Man: Gore Vidal Controversial Movies.” Photo: Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur, Stephen Boyd as his childhood friend Messala, Ben-Hur.) Gore Vidal vs. Charlton Heston Speaking of Gore Vidal’s (controversial) movies, there’s no way not to mention the real-life Rashomon story pitting Vidal against his right-wing nemesis Charlton Heston. So, was he or wasn’t he? Judah Ben-Hur, I mean. According to Vidal, while working on the screenplay for William Wyler’s 1959 multiple Oscar-winning epic Ben-Hur, he inserted a romantic / sexual subtext into the “brotherly” friendship between Heston’s Ben-Hur and Stephen Boyd’s [...] »

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