He remembered Liz Taylor's "bawdy, raucous laugh." He says during shooting, he was falling in love with Sally Field, while "she was falling in like." He always wanted to work with Billy Wilder and Spencer Tracy. He stalked Tracy as a young actor, and one time asked him, "Is there anything you're not good at?" Tracy responded, "Life." He told his then-stuntman friend, Hal Needham, that Needham's screenplay for Smokey and the Bandit "was the worst script I'd ever read but it could work." He thought it needed "Second City guys," as he envisioned it an improv-heavy romp. He regrets the infamous centerfold spread and chalks it up to "arrogance and idiocy" and he believes it cost him respectability in Hollywood. He doesn't regret not taking the role of Bond when it was offered, still maintaining that an American should not play Bond. When an excited fan said he wanted to ask Reynolds a question he's wanted to ask since he first saw Smokey and the Bandit at age 7, the question was, "Are you my father?" Reynolds asked how old he is now, did the math in his head, and responded, "It's very possible."Burt. MF'ing. Reynolds, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to the handful of this blog's readers who made it out and to those that didn't, we'll do it again soon!
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