Burt Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor.
Burt Reynolds once claimed he helped his good friend Elizabeth Taylor make history of Hollywood.
The actor, who died Thursday of cardiac arrest at the age of 82, told People magazine back in 2015 that he helped the late screen siren negotiate its groundbreaking $1 million dollar paycheck to star in 1963’s ” Cleopatra.”
“I was very crazy about her,” Reynolds called over his good friend, who died in 2011 at age 79. “She was enormously helpful to me in my career, because I had problems with certain people, some of them in the press and a number of actors, and she has a mouth like a sailor.
“They said: ‘don’t let those blankity-blank bastards get you down. You will be long after they are dead, just not you kill them.'”
In turn, Reynolds gave Taylor some valuable advice when it came time for her to negotiate her salary for the epic drama, which also starred her future husband Richard Burton.
“She was in my house and she was completely exhausted and I said,” Well, take a hot bath,'” Reynolds claimed at the time.
“And it was not because I wanted her to take her clothes off, but it was not a bad idea,” he joked.
“They did it, they went in the hot tub and she said,” What am I going to do? Those bastards want me to make this film and I don’t want to make it,'” Reynolds continued. “I said,” Well, then ask for a million dollars.”
Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Cleopatra’.
“Now, no one, no one had asked for a million dollars and that she did. I went in the other room and I heard a scream and I came back and I said, ‘are you all right?’ She said: ‘I got it. They are going to give it to me.'”
Reynold’s Hollywood career skyrocketed in the ’70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in the 1972 “Deliverance.” He starred in iconic movies such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Longest Yard” and went on to appear in nearly 200 films during his lifetime.
He got an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the adult film director Jack Horner in 1997’s “Boogie Nights.”
His last completed film, “decisive Moments,” is set to be released in December 2018.
He was at that time filming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opposite Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. That film, in which the details of the Manson family and their reign of terror over Hollywood, is set to premiere in 2019.
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