Tell us more, Burt Reynolds…
Burt was at SXSW to promote The Bandit, a documentary he made about the late stuntman (and Burt’s buddy) Hal Needham. Much like Burt’s promotional tour for his memoir several months ago, the actor has been happy to discuss any number of subjects, and he’s been kinda loose and palling around, which makes for some good interview material. The Daily Beast interviewed him ahead of SXSW, and not surprsingly, some of the most interesting bits don’t have anything to do with The Bandit. Some highlights:
He’s friendly with Donald Trump, but he’s not endorsing Trump: “I don’t think there’s any question that Donald is going to be nominated. You know, our current president has kind of messed things up the last four years. But I don’t know who I would vote for…I’m worried about Donald in terms of us getting into a war, because he’s all for certain things. I like him very much personally. I know him, and I like him. He’s always been nice and sweet and kind to me. But he seems to be like a sheriff that’s quick on the draw.”
He thinks his friend Jon Voight should run for office: “If any actor was going to run for office, it should be Jon Voight. I think he’s quite brilliant in terms of handling himself and he always knows what’s going on in politics. I have [encouraged him to run]! He gets red in the face and says he couldn’t do it. But I think he would be wonderful.”
No, he thinks Angelina Jolie should run for office: “It’s Jon Voight’s daughter that should run,” he laughed, noting that he’s known Angelina Jolie since she was a child. “I like her a lot. She’s not afraid to tackle anything, and she’s a very, very sweet girl.”
His Cosmo centerfold: “I thought I’d made a horrible mistake and I wished I hadn’t done it! A lot of people took it in the spirit that it was meant. They saw that I was smiling and it was meant to be a Playboy takeoff. I had fun, but as I remember the only way I could do it was I had to have a few toddies before… quite a few, in fact. It took a few hours and then I kind of wobbled home. I wobbled in there and I wobbled out, and hoped for the best.”
LOL. I love how clearly Burt loves John Voight AND Angelina Jolie, but feels conflicted about that. In his GQ profile months ago, he named Jolie as one of the directors he’d most like to work with but ALSO has been known to talk about how Angelina mistreats her father. I dare say I don’t want Angi or her dad running for president, but at least Burt’s trying to be nice!