Saturday, September 8, 2018

East Bound and Down, Loaded Up and Truckin'

















Burt Reynolds 1936-2018
The 1970s good ol' boy heir to such dashing Old Hollywood screen idols as Douglas Fairbanks, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, and Cary Grant. In the era of the Brooding Method Actor--Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman--his smile, his laugh, his reckless driving, made him stand out. Reynold's own method of acting was to never venture too far outside his comfort zone, and he certainly never expected us audience members to venture outside of ours. No, all he ever asked of us as we sat there in that darkened theater, or even in the comfort of our own home (he was on Carson a lot) was to simply take in the charisma, of which he had a limitless supply. Of course, the 1970s is now as old as Old Hollywood once was (if not quite a myth-laden), and that begs the question, who today is the heir to Burt Reynolds?

Johnny Depp? Dwayne Johnson? Vin Diesel? Robert Downing Jr?





  Ryan Reynolds?

You don't have to answer that if you don't want to. Instead, you can just enjoy this updating of the Robin Hood legend. I'm serious. Burt is Robin, Sally Field is Maid Marian, Jackie Gleason is the Sheriff of Nottingham, and...


 ...the National Highway System is Sherwood Forest.

7 comments:

  1. I also wrote about Reynolds here:

    http://wwwshadowofadoubt.blogspot.com/2018/02/vital-viewing-senior-living-edition.html

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  2. Hi, Kirk!

    Another celebrity death, another post, good buddy. Burt Reynolds was not my favorite, nor was he my least favorite. I simply didn't like most of his films, especially the ones with souped up cars and trucks. The only thing I liked about Smokey and the Bandit was Sally Field. However I did enjoy Burt's performances in Deliverance and in Boogie Nights (plus two big thumbs up for Heather Graham as Rollergirl).

    Thanks for paying tribute to 20th century icon Burt Reynolds, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. Shady, I'll admit Reynold's was a bit of an underachiever when it came to acting, but he coasted on his charisma, as have a lot of movie stars. I bought into it when I was young, and he remained a sentimental favorite all these years.

      Reynolds would have been one of those swashbuckling actors like Errol Flynn had he been around in the 1930s and 40s. But by the 1970s, souped-up cars had replaced swordplay. What can I tell you? Times change.

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  3. I remember all the outrage and fuss about that centrefold!

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    1. Debra, I don't think it hurt his career any, though he claimed it did.

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  4. It's hard to say who is the new gen of Burt. He was his own man.

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    1. Not only that, Adam, but I think he was his own creation.

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