HOBE SOUND — The very hairy and formerly very good-looking Burt Reynolds says he regrets getting buck naked on a bearskin rug for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972, even if the shot made him the sex symbol of the era.
“Yeah, I wish I hadn’t done that,” the octogenarian said at the SXSW festival where he’s promoting The Bandit documentary about his friendship with stuntman Hal Needham, who directed Smokey and the Bandit.
Reynolds, who’s still living the Martin County house he recently sold, said he only agreed to do the photo if it showed pubic hair.
And given the fact that it was the seventies, there was a fair amount of pubic hair!
Reynolds said he had to get liquored up before stripping down.
“I wanted a lot of drinks before. I have to be truthful, I was totally zonkered when I did the picture. That stupid smile, that’s what it is you know,” he said.
Though Reynolds regretted the photo spread, there’s no denying that it catapulted him into his role as an international sex symbol and huge roles like The Longest Yard and the Smokey franchise.
This past year has been filled with Reynolds opening up about his feelings about his past.
He released a book last year “calling out the assholes” in his past, like ex-wife and WKRP actress Loni Anderson.
And he’s been expressing his undying love for Sally Fields.
And he’s been reminiscing, as old men are prone to do, about the old days, like when he dumped poop on Palm Beach County’s biggest Christmas tree.
We can’t wait to hear his feelings about the rest of his past!