Burt Reynolds: The Last Interview

Strangely misplaced in Hollywood lore despite being one of the biggest box office draws of all time, the screen legend gave a rambling but nostalgic interview shortly before he died.

Burt Reynolds was a college football star who got hurt, took some literature and acting classes while convalescing, went to New York to do off-Broadway plays and wound up in Hollywood doing low-end stunt work. Whenever they needed somebody to throw through a window or down some stairs, he was the guy. Soon a few speaking lines were sprinkled in among the pratfalls.

“As the years went by, I started talking more and being thrown down less,” he said.

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