Stars' War Weapons Fire Up Washington
Gun opponent Rosie O'Donnell definitely was not there, but gun proponents Charlton Heston and Tom Selleck determinedly were. Movie weapons used by such stars as Clint Eastwood and Alec Guinness (as Obi-Wan Kenobi) went on display last week at the National Rifle Association's firearms museum in Washington, reports PEOPLE. The exhibit, called "Real Guns of Reel Heroes," features genuine and prop weapons used in some 80 movies by 70 different actors. NRA president Heston, 77, and spokesman Selleck, 57, both loaned guns from their personal collections to the exhibit, which they first viewed at a special VIP reception. Heston paused at the oldest gun on display, an 1816 .70-caliber model featured in his 1955 movie, "The Far Horizons." "It's a marvelous weapon," he told PEOPLE. "Beautiful-looking thing." The exhibit also includes futuristic weapons, such as a light saber from "Star Wars" (1977) and a proton gun from "Ghostbusters II" (1989), as well as guns from recent movies, including the pistol Ben Affleck used in "Pearl Harbor" (2001), Mel Gibson's from "We Were Soliders" (2002) and the sniper rifle Jude Law used in "Enemy at the Gates" (2001).Elvis Presley's and Ann-Margret's shotguns from "Viva Las Vegas" (1964) and John Travolta's "Pulp Fiction" (1994) pistol are also featured. As a side note, Heston told PEOPLE his favorite role was that of Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 Biblical epic "The Ten Commandments." "You couldn't do better than Moses," he said.