“Smokey and the Bandit” was a sensation when it hit theaters in 1977, but Burt Reynolds has proven that the things are completely different without his leading lady.
The 81-year-old actor told Closer weekly that while he wanted Sally Field to star alongside him, the studio initially said no.
“I was told that they are not sexy — she was the Flying Nun,” he recalled. “Believe me, talent is sexy. She is talented and sexy.”
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Fortunately for Reynolds, the now 70-year-old actress not only appeared in the car-chase comedy, but the movie raced to the top of the box office, even beating “Star Wars”.
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“It stands the test of time — it is a funny picture,” said Reynolds, who also gave much of the credit of the movie success to his beloved co-star.
“I fell in “like” with Sally,” he said.
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