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Burt Reynolds On Turning Down Die Hard & Bond

reynoldsBurt Reynolds has turned down a lot of movies over the years.  I wonder if people forget that prior to Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Reynolds may have been the biggest actor out there.  If I’m not mistaken, he was the highest paid.

Among the movies he has turned down is Die Hard.  Speaking with Deadline, Reynolds says that at that point, he made good decisions, but that this probably wasn’t one of them;

You know, I don’t know. At the time, something struck me wrong, and I kept thinking back to films that I had turned down, and the films, when I saw it later, I was glad I turned them down. But there are some films I wish I’d done. But you’ve got to follow your heart and not your head sometimes. I haven’t made the best decision about some pictures, and I realize that, but I did the best I could.

Reynolds as it happens, also turned down Bond.  Speaking about that decision, he had this to offer, as well as giving thoughts on Daniel Craig;

I would’ve liked to have had a shot at James Bond, if for no other reason, I’d be very rich now, and I could’ve had a good time with him. I would’ve at least smiled once in a while, whereas the new guy doesn’t even chuckle.

He’s not really wrong about Daniel Craig now, is he?



  1. Mucho Macho

    December 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Burt Reynolds as Bond:
    *chewing gum*
    *chewing gum*
    My name is..
    *Chewing gum*
    *Chewing Gum*
    James Bond
    *Chewing Gum*

  2. Mucho Macho

    December 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Burt Reynolds as John McClane:
    *Chewing Gum*
    *Chewing gum*
    *Chewing gum*
    *Chewing gum*

  3. Andymovieman

    December 24, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Burt reynolds should be in the expendables 4 as Stallone’s mentor and friend.

  4. Cal

    December 24, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Who else digs “Malone”?

    • jim

      December 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Have to admit I’ve got a soft spot for it too,though it does show some evidence of “production difficulties” and Burt’s very worst wig. Around the same time he made a picture called Heat which has lots of good scenes and tough dialogue but again signs of those “production difficulties”.I like this “tough Burt” period and I feel he had a run of bad luck around this time . If Stick had been done right it would have been perfect for him.

      • Mucho Macho

        December 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

        I am a fan of the movie “Stick”.
        Loved it as a kid.

    • Mucho Macho

      December 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Here here

  5. Mucho Macho

    December 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Burt Reynolds back in the day was the number one guy in the world.

    • Andymovieman

      December 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Goddamn right. Burt is the legend. Like the song says in the movie smokey and the bandit.

  6. Crawing

    December 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I’m gonna take these Roseberry bleeds and stik em up your nose…. These bleeds? Yup? These goddam bleeds?