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Heads up for anyone with Amazon Prime, Burt’s film from this year, The Last Movie Star, is available there. It’s a fictionalized reflection on his own career. I’ve been meaning to watch it for some time.

I'm curious if he shot his scenes for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood or if Tarantino will have to recast.

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Gotta watch Smokey & The Bandit this weekend. Oh yeah, 2018 can go fuck itself now.

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I really hope they don't get Bret Hart to return the favour and give a cue-carded eulogy.

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My favorite line in all of cinema comes from Burt Reynolds in Cannonball Run. Its racist as all get out but yet still funny. The only thing that might top it is Sammy Davis Jr reaction to being called "The Chocolate Monk"

James

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5 hours ago, (BP) said:

Heads up for anyone with Amazon Prime, Burt’s film from this year, The Last Movie Star, is available there. It’s a fictionalized reflection on his own career. I’ve been meaning to watch it for some time.

I'm curious if he shot his scenes for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood or if Tarantino will have to recast.

According to Deadline, he never did. He did the table read in June, and was scheduled to film later this year. 

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Dude was so huge in the 70’s. I don’t think my family missed a single film during that run and we saw all of them, appropriately enough, at the drive-in.

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Watching ‘Gator’ (for the first time!) and ‘Smokey ‘ tonight in his honour. 

If you haven’t read his autobiography, get on that ASAP, it’s terrific. The story about people thinking he had AIDS in the 80s is nuts. 

RIP to one of my late-discovered favourites. 

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Yeah, the whole City Heat debacle. Should’ve been one of the greatest buddy movies ever. I still enjoyed it at the time but have never revisited it.

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8 hours ago, Curt McGirt said:

Forgot to mention this: Sharky's Machine rules, go watch it

Yes! Probably my favorite Burt performance. RIP

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This is one of the more depressing "Death comes in 3" motifs as 3 celebrities from WrestleMania died with in the span of like 3 weeks

Aretha Franklin - August 19

Robin Leach - August 24

Burt Reynolds - Sept 6

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Evanier's quick write up (https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/09/06/burt-reynolds-r-i-p/). Obviously it's quick, personal, anecdotal. It just stuck with me so I'm sharing it. 

 

I liked Burt Reynolds in many of his films and most of his appearances with Johnny Carson. There's something very friendly about a handsome leading-man type who doesn't take himself too seriously and can laugh at his own image.

He once appeared on a TV show I worked on but we didn't meet when he taped his spot. A few weeks later though, he dropped by the office about something else and we got introduced. We talked for about ten minutes about nothing that mattered one bit. But it did matter to me that he was the same self-deprecating guy with the hyena laugh who appeared often with Johnny.

Then one evening I was at a party and I listened as his ex-wife Judy Carne told a small group of folks how when she was married to him, Burt used to beat the hell out of her. From that point on, it became somewhat more difficult to like Burt Reynolds.

 

 

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42 minutes ago, Matt D said:

Evanier's quick write up (https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/09/06/burt-reynolds-r-i-p/). Obviously it's quick, personal, anecdotal. It just stuck with me so I'm sharing it. 

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I liked Burt Reynolds in many of his films and most of his appearances with Johnny Carson. There's something very friendly about a handsome leading-man type who doesn't take himself too seriously and can laugh at his own image.

He once appeared on a TV show I worked on but we didn't meet when he taped his spot. A few weeks later though, he dropped by the office about something else and we got introduced. We talked for about ten minutes about nothing that mattered one bit. But it did matter to me that he was the same self-deprecating guy with the hyena laugh who appeared often with Johnny.

Then one evening I was at a party and I listened as his ex-wife Judy Carne told a small group of folks how when she was married to him, Burt used to beat the hell out of her. From that point on, it became somewhat more difficult to like Burt Reynolds.

 

 

That last paragraph was like a record scratch type moment.  Reading up on it it seems he has a lot of regret about how he was back then though it didn't mention that part.  I would like to think he became a better man as time went on but there's no excuse for that.

I don't watch many movies and admit to not having seen most of his, even Smoky which should have been an obvious one to watch.  I'll need to watch that someday.  But he always seemed like a cool motherfucker and it's easy to see why he was so beloved.  But for recent work I thoroughly enjoyed his role in Archer.

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Those of us who are older remember the very very ugly, public divorce he and Loni Anderson had (and Loni made similar accusations though she seemed to excuse it due to Burt's drug use)

God that divorce went on for so very long...

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1 hour ago, Matt D said:

Evanier's quick write up (https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/09/06/burt-reynolds-r-i-p/). Obviously it's quick, personal, anecdotal. It just stuck with me so I'm sharing it. 

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That last paragraph:

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That is very true but looking at that all I can think of is "God not more Kevin Hart... not HERE..."

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When it comes to Smokey and The Bandit, I think as a kid I actually saw Part 2 before the first one. I would have loved to have been in the room for the pitch.

"Burt, we want The Bandit to steal an elephant...

Can Dom be involved somehow?

Sure, we'll throw him in the truck with the elephant".

I also love Cannonball Run II. i mean I would be totally fine if it were the only movie I could watch in The Medium Place. I wish it was on youtube, but The Human Bomb scene from the opening is one of my favorite bits along with JJ (Burt) telling some back country sheriff that Fenderbaum and Blake were a couple of communist spies trying to steal the nukes in the trunk of their car.

Dean's deadpan of "COMMIES? I'M NOT EVEN A DEMOCRAT" is one of my favorite one off lines ever.

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I thought Burt's physical abuse of Judy was a well known thing. They did reconcile after he hosted the Tonight Show and had her as his first guest. I thought the claims of physical abuse by Loni Anderson were debunked but that might be me wishing they were because you don't want to believe a guy that seems so fun and friendly is somewhat of a monster

I remember seeing Sharky's Machne in theaters. I was what you might call a bit too young for it.

James

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On 9/6/2018 at 1:54 PM, (BP) said:

Heads up for anyone with Amazon Prime, Burt’s film from this year, The Last Movie Star, is available there. It’s a fictionalized reflection on his own career. I’ve been meaning to watch it for some time.

Seriously everyone go watch this. Burt should get an Oscar nomination for it. He gives an incredible performance.

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