“A Charmingly Preposterous Icon of American Masculinity”

A great article from the Hollywood Reporter article, Critic’s Notebook: Burt Reynolds Was a Charmingly Preposterous Icon of American Masculinity:

Reynolds probably made more terrible movies than almost any other star of comparable stature, full of juvenile humor and casual locker-room sexism. But even in his preposterously bewigged and bushy-mustached prime, he always seemed to embody an uncomplicated, undiluted, effortlessly likable strain of American masculinity that was driven much more by sunny mischief than angsty machismo. Not for him the tortured histrionics of Brando or Pacino. To his credit, Reynolds never seemed to take anything too seriously. Certainly not his career choices, and especially not himself. . . “I don’t take myself seriously, and I think the ones that do, there’s some sickness with people like that.”

I always like Burt Reynolds for this very reason. He knew exactly who he was, a similar quality I see in other male actors like William Shatner. I’ve seen all of Burt Reynolds’ movies, and there aren’t very many actors I follow like that.

Then, there is this quote which caught me by surprise:

“The audience will always forgive you for being wrong and exciting,” he once said, “but never for being right and dull.”

This is applicable in so many other situations, even at work. Speaking from experience here.