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 Posted:   Aug 10, 2012 - 11:11 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

His attempt at a comeback with Boogie Nights was almost immediately torpedoed (despite an Oscar nomination) when he personally trashed the film (which is too bad, since it's Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece).

As for his career crashing and burning the first time, it was mostly a combination of bad movies and the divorce (the divorce and the resulting lawsuits also led him to file for Chapter 11, which forced him to take any and all jobs that came to him).

Interestingly enough, we have are a modern-day answer to Burt Reynolds now. His name is Channing Tatum (sadly, he has neither the charm nor the mustache of Burt but he brings men and women to his films the same way Burt did).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

His attempt at a comeback with Boogie Nights was almost immediately torpedoed (despite an Oscar nomination) when he personally trashed the film (which is too bad, since it's Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece).


I'm sure I can remember reading somewhere that he sacked his agent for getting him into that film. Oh well, he had his day in the sun & did some amusing films & gave a lot of pleasure.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

The brother of my grandmother have once lived next door to Burt Reynolds so when I (in company of my grandmother, my brother and his girlfriend) back in 1996 came all the way from Sweden to visit him and his wife we never got to meet Mr. Reynolds (since he was out-of-town). Although I am happy to have seen the outside of his home. Henry, the brother of my grandmother is now dead (he died not long after he turned 90 years old).

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Few can question how good and how right he was for Mean Machine (orig Longest yard) and for one of his best - Sharky's Machine.

He was more than capable in Shamus, Hustle, Deliverance, Cat Dancing, White Lightning, Gator, Malone, Stick, 100 Rifles, Navajo Joe, Hunters are for Killing - and a few others. Its the work he's taken in the last 20 years which has been the problem.

Sometimes actors take work which makes them become parodies of themselves - Striptease didn't help, Im sure - and I think that happened to Burt. Once the general public opinion is one of 'cringlebleness' then its long way - or a major meaty role - to rescue that perception. And the poster who mentioned about the bad plastic surgery (cinemascope) - that I think plays a large part in that where many just cant take them seriously anymore.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

It's a shame. I saw him in a repeat of King Of Queens, (yeah that was probably ten years ago already) and he was charming and very funny.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

WELL, one reason was his personality.
He did many interviews where he came off as a real jerk- insulting interviewers etc.
b

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Toupee envy.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

I met Mr Reynolds at a signing in London a few years back-he was in fine form-flirting with a mother & daughter ahead of us in the queue, and completely batsh#t crazy and funny when we chatted to him. It was just before he did the Dukes of Hazard and I asked him if he was going to wear a fat suit as Boss Hogg.

As we didn't have a camera with us, he even said to us that we could go and get a throwaway one and just queue jump if we wanted-his minder-an ENORMOUS blonde viking/bodybuilder type said it was 'no problem'-couldn't have been nicer.

Sadly his plastic surgery was a bit obvious-his skin looked very tight, giving him an oriental look but I have a signed, personalised 'Bandit' photo to remember the occasion.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Loni Anderson came to know the score.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2012 - 10:46 PM   
 By:   Ryan Brennan   (Member)

Put everything together that's already been posted and you have most of the picture -- poor choices in his film vehicles, personal difficulties including drug use, business problems that drained his fortune, the unpopular Loni Anderson divorce in which he was the villain, and personality problems with friends and co-workers (much of it exacerbated by the drug use), and new guys on the block. America's devil-may-care hero, the guy who had everything going for him, turned out to be more human than the public wanted.

One last factor: The public is quick to write off celebs when they sense that their time is over. They feed off of the media when it states that someone is now a has-been or past their prime. The public quickly moves away from what they perceive as failure. This not only happened to Reynolds but Sylvester Stallone. Stallone, so far, has better managed his comeback of the last several years, capitalizing on two of his franchise characters and booting up a new third venture with "The Expendables."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


One last factor: The public is quick to write off celebs when they sense that their time is over. They feed off of the media when it states that someone is now a has-been or past their prime. The public quickly moves away from what they perceive as failure. This not only happened to Reynolds but Sylvester Stallone. Stallone, so far, has better managed his comeback of the last several years, capitalizing on two of his franchise characters and booting up a new third venture with "The Expendables."


If Stallone didn't have Rocky or Rambo to fall back on, I doubt he'd have resurrected his career the way he did and make the transition to independent directing. At the end of the 90's and pre-Rocky Balboa, Stallone became a has-been due to his desire to break free from action hero roles. Comedies that weren't funny, drame that didn't work. After Cop Land, the movie script that was a sure win win for all involved, turned out to be forgettable really, he got lost starring in straight to video movies alongside then 'has beens':

Mickey Rourke in "Get Carter"
Burt Reynolds in "Driven"

Movies like D-Tox, Avenging Angelo, Shade... were downright terrible. I remember renting these back in the day and hoping to see him make a comeback, but it was one failure after another. With "Rocky Balboa" and "Rambo" he redeemed himself, and the expendables, well at least it's in the genre he is best at. I think the sequel will easily outdo the first one.

Do you remember there was a time when Stallone wanted to do the Notorious B.I.G. movie? Or the Edgar Allen Poe movie? In a sense it was good no one wanted to finance his movies anymore, so that he could return to the genre that made him successful.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

Burt Reynolds is amazing. I could care less about anyone else's feelings on my autobiographical opinion. And I do believe God would resemble Burt Reynolds.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

who knew a Burt Reynolds thread could be so enthralling???

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

I'm in the pro-Burt camp. He was never a great actor, but he had a very
likable on-screen persona, personal problems aside. I agree that the string
of stinkers he starred in throughout the 80's and 90's sealed his fate.
But he made enough great B movies in the 60's and 70's. My fave's:

NAVAJO JOE
SAM WHISKEY
100 RIFLES
SHARK!
IMPASSE
SKULLDUGGERY
HUNTERS ARE FOR KILLING (TV MOVIE)
RUN, SIMON, RUN (TV MOVIE)
FUZZ
SHAMUS ...........my personal favorite
THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING
WHITE LIGHTENING
THE LONGEST YARD
AT LONG LAST LOVE .......YES, I actually like this smile
LUCKY LADY
HUSTLE
GATOR
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
ROUGH CUT
SHARKEY'S MACHINE
CITY HEAT
MALONE

Plus, he starred in one of Quinn Martin's more unusual crime shows -
DAN AUGUST (which seriously needs a dvd release). Even though it
ran for only one season, it was ahead of it's time. I can't believe some of the
stuff they got away with on this show. Most of the episodes are dark
in tone, dealing with very serious subject matter - racism, drug abuse,
rape, etc. But the thing that sets it apart from other cop shows (especially
for 1970) is that they were very graphic - one episode dealing with a
Black Panthers-type group has frequent use of the N word. Another
episode about heroin use among high school teenagers graphically shows
one kid "shooting up" and dying from an overdose. DAN AUGUST was
a strange show to say the least.

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I found the thread title amusing many ladies did get turned on when Burt had his photo in a certain magazine in the early 70's[man time flies] The incident sought of started the male centerfold craze for woman

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2012 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I found the thread title amusing many ladies did get turned on when Burt had his photo in a certain magazine in the early 70's[man time flies] The incident sought of started the male centerfold craze for woman

Yeah. And where is that magazine now? De-funked.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2012 - 2:47 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

The incident sought of .....

mad !!!

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2012 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

The incident sought of .....

mad !!!

Den


Den - don't get over-exercised about this sought (sic) of thing, or you'll be heading for an early grave. Try to get some amusement from it instead.

Such as someone who wrote "I wish I was illiterate..." instead of "I wish I were illiterate..."

I spat coffee all over my keyboard at that.

Actually, I didn't, because I wasn't drinking coffee at the time, and I have better control over my bodily functions.

TG

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2012 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)


and I have better control over my bodily functions. TG


Ha, give it another ten years!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2012 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Membership Expired   (Member)

I liked those made for TV B.L. Stryker films he did in the late 80's/early 90's...

 
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