Oh, Burt Reynolds, now there was a man. Well, he’s still a man, but back in the day, he was a MAN. The man, if we’re being honest. Women adored him, men wanted to be him and he got all kinds of love, be it from Sally Field in the late ’70s, or Loni Anderson in the ’80s. Whomever he was with, there was no denying that they’d be a smoking hot couple.
After Smokey and the Bandit and the Cannonball Runs, he surfaced from time to time, from Striptease to Boogie Nights to The Dukes of Hazzard remake. He’s made a lot of hits, a lot of duds and dated a lot of women, so it’s understandable that he might have some regrets.
Reynolds was at SXSW for The Bandit, a documentary about him and Hal Needham, his friend and stunt double, who died in 2013 at the age of 82. While speaking with “What to Watch,” he went into the vault and recalled his biggest regret, to the dismay of many.
The year was 1972 and Burt posed naked on a bear-skin rug in the pages of Cosmopolitan. It was on many a wall back in the day.
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) October 24, 2015
“I wish I hadn’t done that. I really do,” he said. “It was really stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking. But I probably, knowing me, was like, ‘You won’t do that, you chicken,’ or something. And that’s all I had to hear, of course. I said, ‘Yeah, I will.'”
Reynolds, now 80, did add that it took a lot for him to actually do it. “The only rules I had was I wanted a lot of drinks before because I was a little bit, well, I have to be truthful, I was totally zonkered when we did the picture. And that stupid smile [in the photo], that’s what it is.”
He may regret it but many women — and a number of men — loved him all the more for it. Praise Burt. (And you too, Deadpool.)