Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Huston Takes on Heston; A Classic Returns 57 Years after Ben-Hur Won 11 Oscars

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Huston Takes on Heston; A Classic Returns 57 Years after Ben-Hur Won 11 Oscars

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Ben-Hur

Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Rating: M

Reviewer's last word: Expectations are high for this remake of the classic 1959 film with Jack Huston taking on the role which made Charlton Heston an Oscar winner.

Star profile: Jack Huston

Quirky fact: Is the nephew of Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston but was raised in Britain and speaks with an English accent

Best known for: Boardwalk Empire, Eastwick, American Hustle.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Hell or High Water, Hail, Caesar!, Blood Father.

Quote: "The old movie stars like Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, James Stewart, they weren't this gorgeous, striking six-foot man who's rippled with muscles. They really lived, and you could see the lines on their faces, the lines of the years that they lived. You just believed them. I loved that."

SCREEN LIFE

with Seanna Cronin

JACK Huston takes on the role of a lifetime in MGM's remake of Ben-Hur.

Following in the footsteps of Charlton Heston in his Oscar-winning role, 33-year-old Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur, a prince who is sold into slavery after being falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother.

In this Q&A the actor reflects on the very physical role, recreating one of cinema's most iconic scenes and working with Morgan Freeman.

Q: How did you deal with the knowledge that another great performance had already preceded yours?

A: If anything that makes you want to go out and do a great job. It's not something you want to take lightly. And even if you try not to think about it, you will always have at the back of your head that the last Ben-Hur from 1959 was this giant that won 11 Oscars. So you want to play homage to it in the sense of going out and making something truly beautiful and special. And if my senses are right I feel that we did that, which is quite amazing.

Q: Who is Judah Ben-Hur in your eyes?

A: He is a prince that in his youth shied away from politics and religion, but who then is forced into a life that makes him question everything. …

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