Charlton Heston received flak for his interracial love scene with a black actress

Anita Durairaj

The 1971 movie, Omega Man is known for having one of the first interracial kisses and love scene in a major mass-market motion picture.

Hollywood star Charlton Heston and newbie black actress Rosalind Cash were involved in the interracial love scene.

At the time, Heston was already a major star who was known for his character of Moses in the movie, The Ten Commandments (1956). For Cash, Omega Man was her first major movie.

The movie was set in a post-apocalyptic world and biological war had decimated the population. The characters of Heston and Cash were survivors of that world.

Cash was in her 30s during Omega Man while Heston was about a decade older.

Interracial kisses and love scenes were few and far between in the early 1970s. It was also still very controversial but the writers of the movie thought it made sense because the characters were survivors in a postapocalyptic world and there were only a few people left.

As an actress, Cash did not want to play exaggerated stereotypical roles that were often provided to black people in the movies at the time. Omega Man cemented her status as an actress who created a believable black character.

However, according to her costar, Heston, the love scene and interracial kiss did make her feel "edgy."

Cash later claimed that the scene felt awkward because it felt like she was kissing and sleeping with "Moses".

Heston also stated that he received a lot of hassle for the love scene because it was still controversial at the time.

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