Have Gun, Will Travel

BUT CAN HESTON'S CELEBRITY AND RHETORIC REVIVE THE N.R.A.?

Charlton Heston thrusts out his chiseled jaw, tips his eagle-beaked profile toward the light, narrows his steely eyes and folds his arms akimbo. "'Hard' is what I do best," says the veteran actor, explaining how he poses for photographs. "I don't do 'nice.'" No matter that Heston is, in fact, in pain, only days away from a hip-replacement operation, and has been limping around his Beverly Hills home in stretch Speedo slippers. No matter that a toupee, capped teeth and a partly unbuttoned shirt reveal a touch of vanity. At 73, the man best known for playing prophets and warriors is...

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