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Burt Reynolds Was Told ‘He Can’t Act’ Before Being Fired



Burt Reynolds Was Told ‘He Can’t Act’ Before Being Fired


It’s difficult to see how such alluring and accomplished performers could ever be let go from a project. That’s exactly what happened to Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood on the same day for the same film.

Reynolds was one of the biggest stars in the 1960s and 1970s for films like Boogie Nights, Striptease, and more.

Burt Reynolds: Life Stories, a docuseries from REELZ, provides viewers an inside look at the late icon’s life and career, featuring previously unreleased interviews with the actor.

Reynolds praised his longtime friend Clint Eastwood in a conversation with Piers Morgan before his tragic death.

He said, “He’s a very, very close friend of mine.”


The star, who was speaking about the sad event in the Philippines, said: “Clint Eastwood and I were fired on the same day.”

“They told him his Adam’s apple stuck out too far, he talked too slow and he had to get that chipped tooth fixed. I then said ‘why are you firing me?’ and they said ‘you can’t act!'”

Burt, who was instructed to alter his name from Buddy during his initial audition, added, “So we were walking to his truck and I said ‘you’re in a hell of a lot of trouble’… I said ‘I’ll eventually learn to act. You’ll never get rid of that Adam’s apple’.”

On September 6, 2018, the venerable actor tragically died away at the age of 82. The actor is remembered as one of the most remarkable performers of all time by longtime admirers, friends, and family.

Burt also had pleasant recollections of his pals and his early career during the conversation at the Audible Studios in London.

The Boogie Nights actor continued by discussing how difficult he believed it was for women to succeed in the film business nowadays.

“It’s a tough business if you’re a woman, in every way. If I had a daughter… she’d get so tired of me having these long talks with her about life and pursuit of. But I’d want her not to be hurt,” Burt said.

“I’ve had a wonderful life… just a wonderful life. I think when people figure that out about themselves I think they’re much happier. I’ve had great friends – tremendous friends.” he continued.

Six decades of the producer’s career have seen him feature opposite Mark Wahlberg in such classic movies as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights.

In the interviews for the Burt Reynolds: Life Stories series, Reynolds acknowledged to abusing prescription drugs and spoke about what it was like to be the highest-paid film actor in the world.


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  1. Bach Roman

    July 23, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    I thought Reynolds was a lousy actor. He was just handsome. An absolute clown though.

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