Transcript for Burt Reynolds Dishes on His Love Life, Career
So, guy, Burt Reynolds is back. I got to sit down with the legendary actor at his home in Florida and talked about his new book it's called "But enough about me" and in it he candidly writes about the highs and lows in the life of a superstar, everything from his favorite film roles to the one that got away. With that iconic mustache and devil may care grin, Burt Reynolds became the roguish bandit who captured our hearts and became the number one box office star with a unique attitude towards choosing his roles. I used to pick them by where's this being shot. Wasn't it location and who the female lead was were sort of the two main requirements. I would say in that order, yeah. If she was incredible then the words were incredible. That's right. Machines are going to fail and the system is going to fail. Reporter: "Deliverance" is your favorite performance. Yes. Most fun film you've ever made. "Smoky." Last time I saw legs like that they had a message tied to them. What do you mean. If we watch "Smokey and the bandit" you will see sally and you falling in love on the camera. That's true. That's true. Cowboys love fat calves. She was the love of my life. I mean, I really to this day think she's the most special woman I've ever dated. If you could say something to her today, what would you say to her? You were the best thing that ever happened to me. Do you think there's any chance you could get back together with her? No. She's too smart for that. Reporter: In his new memoir "But enough about me" Reynolds opens up about his most famous romances from Dinah shore, 20 years his senior to Lonnie Anderson whom he wed in 1988. As I came out and she was walking down the aisle I looked over and I saw my mother and my mother was looking at me going and I thought, I don't remember my mother ever being wrong. What should I do? But it was a little too late. You wrote in the book you never really liked her. I didn't like her in terms of how long it took her to get ready. Was it a big process. Well, I mean, she's going to the store, I thought, well, why, you don't cook. What store? I'm going to the store I'll be right back and I thought, okay. Now what do I do for a day or two? Because that's how long she'd be gone. The couple famously divorcing after just seven years but the financial implications continued to haunt Reynolds today. Forcing him to auction off much of his memorabilia. You've saved memories. Yeah. From every aspect of your incredible career. Even though you've sold so much of it what are you going to do with it? Probably sell it again but I hate to. Reporter: He also shares some of the roles he said no to. That would have surely helped ease his financial burden. Were you really considered for James bond? Yes, I was. I see it. I think I could have done it well except this is what I said and my stupidity I said an American can't play James bond. It has to be an englishman. Bond, James bond. I can't do it. Oops. Oops. Yeah. I could have done it. This one blew me away. Han solo? You were offered the role of Han solo. Yeah. You're busy. I was busy. But, no, I wasn't so busy I couldn't have done it. I would like you to meet jack, the finest director in the business. Hi. Reporter: Initially he even turned down the 1997 role which catapulted back into the spotlight. You were nominated for an Oscar for "Boogie nights." Yeah, I turned him down ten types. But despite it all Reynolds says looking back on his life, his love, his career, he has no regrets. Your last chant weather which is called Burt I always wanted to experience everything and go down swinging, so far so good. I know I'm old but I feel young and one thing they can never take away, nobody had more fun than I did. I think that's all true. It's a pretty good way to sum it up. Well, if you can say that after 75 years you're doing all right. Doing all right. Can you believe those roles? He also turned down the role for "Terms of endearment." Jack Nicholson and says "One flew over the cuckoo's nest." A lot of ones that got away, as you heard no regrets and I was happy to hear he says that he and Loni Anderson have buried the hatchet. You heard that's headlines for years. Life is too short. Something we should all keep in mind. Very cool. And the book, guy, by the way, "But enough about me," I love that title. "But enough about me." It's out today and it's a great read. It was great to hear from him. Thank you, Lara.
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