I just got the terrible news that Burt Reynolds passed away at age 82. This is awful news. In our times of modern medicine, I consider 82 extremely young. He should have made it at least to 100, and given us many more years of outstanding acting and film making.
Burt Reynolds had an outstanding career. He appeared in numerous classic movies, such as Smokey and the Bandit. And the Longest Yard. And Smokey and the Bandit 2. There were many other classics that I cannot remember, so don't be a lazy bum... go look him up on IMDB or some other movie star website.
Now, let me share with you what I believe is the biggest tragedy in his career.
No, it wasn't appearing in Deliverance, the nasty movie that has men squealing like pigs.
No, it wasn't Burt singing in the movie, At Long Last Love.
No, it wasn't posing nekkid in Cosmopolitan Magazine.
No, the biggest tragedy of his career was and is STAR WARS.
Yes, Star Wars, the inane movie, made for idiots, about people flying around in space and fighting each other with light sticks.
Star Wars was released the same year as Burt's most memorable film- Smokey and the Bandit.
Smokey and the Bandit was an instant classic, and still entertains people today with it's magnificent portrayal of the American South. But- because it came out the same year as Star Wars, it was overshadowed by the lunatics that like Star Wars and other nerdy stuff. In fact, all the nerds of the country went to see Star Wars over and over and over again, inflating the attendance records and the box office receipts for Star Wars.
So- at the end of the year 1977, Smokey and the Bandit was NOT the number one movie of the year. Star Wars was number one, and Smokey and the Bandit was ranked number two, even though it was superior to the cultural trash of Star Wars.
I consider the fact that a crap movie, Like Star Wars, took the top spot in 1977 over Burt Reynolds' masterpiece of Smokey and the Bandit, to be the Biggest Tragedy of Burt Reynolds career.
Rest in peace, Burt. I know that your movie was better than Star Wars in 1977, and it remains better than Star Wars even today. You know it and I know it, Burt. It is too bad the rest of the world is filled with moronic individuals who did not and still don't recognize your genius.