Burt Reynolds doesn't command attention like he did in the 60's and 70's, but the "Smokey and the Bandit" star is still a box office draw.
For six straight years, Burt Reynolds was the number one male box office draw. No one has ever come close.
He did Smoky and the Bandit, Deliverance, Cannon Ball Run. He was even nominated for an academy award playing a pornographer in Boogie Nights. But he promises not to be one of **those*** guys who hang around just for the fame.
"I'm not interested in the fading years of my career doing something that would erase Deliverance or starting over...The Longest Yard. I'm proud of those."
But don't take that as a retirement. At 73, the man commonly known as Buddy is still making pictures... And he's quick to point out that while he's doing that, most of his friends are either dead or using a walker.
"I'm older than dirt so I can say that."
Next up, a movie called Not Another, Not Another movie. And it's exactly what you think it is, Burt plays an actor that ironically, refuses to hang it up.
"This is a guy that studied humility with George Hamilton. He's not, he's very much about himself. I love George, but he's about himself."
Hollywood made him famous, but Tallahassee made him a star.
"Do you still get those goose bumps when you land in Tallahassee?"
"Every time...I try to get a little red clay on my shoes."
And no matter where he goes, red clay or not, he's always reminded that while he does love FSU, maybe he came a few years too late."
"I always used to hear, you went to a girls school. I did go to a girls school, but not in time. They switched it to co-eds before I got here."