Burt Reynolds dies at 82, leaving behind a great Hollywood automotive legacy
Burt Reynolds, the charismatic actor was never a favourite with critics. However, his fans adored the masculine, laid-back attitude and the wink of his eye. He was Hollywood’s top-grossing star every year from 1978 through 1982, something the business had last witnessed in the 1940’s with Bing Crosby. In 1978, he was working on four movies, performing in theaters at the same time. But, he did miss some opportunities…
“I didn’t open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn’t interested in challenging myself as an actor.
I was interested in having a good time,” Reynolds recalled in his 2015 memoir, But Enough About Me. “
As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles. By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance.”
By turning down offers for epic roles, he passed that opportunity to other stars, such as Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis, who went on to associate their names with Han Solo, retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove and cop John McClane in Star Wars, Terms of Endearment and Die Hard, respectively.
Still, he will be remembered forever for the roles he did take, his passion to enjoy life and his legacy as an alpha-male automotive archetype.
Many thanks to Andreas Scheld for digging up the movie archive.