Hollywood's Burt Reynolds says his best performance yet to come

Wed Dec 9, 2015 8:13am EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON (Reuters) - In a career spanning over 50 years, Burt Reynolds has played a macho man tackling rapids in a canoe, a driver evading police in a car chase across America's south and a pornography filmmaker.

Each part was significant for the Hollywood actor. "Deliverance" was Reynolds' breakout role, "Smokey and the Bandit" a memorable smash hit, "Boogie Nights" earned him an Academy Award nomination.

But the 79-year old, known for his real-life romances as well as his work, says his greatest performance is yet to come.

"I think I have a performance in me. It's a good one," Reynolds told Reuters. "I don't know if I'll get that script. I'm hoping."

In an interview tied to the promotion of his memoir "But Enough About Me", Reynolds spoke about a career, which saw him leave Broadway for Hollywood as a young actor to take on - and turn down - memorable roles.

The moustachioed star started off in television before making dozens of movies - Westerns, action and sports comedies as well as dramas - of which he says he is proud of just a few.

Dressed in black with a red pocket handkerchief and tinted glasses, Reynolds said the 1979 comedy "Starting Over" about a man torn between his girlfriend and ex-wife was among his favorites.

"It was kind of like the story of my life ... It was great fun to do," he said. "The worst? There's too many."   Continued...

Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds poses for a portrait during an interview with Reuters at a hotel in central London, Britain December 3, 2015.    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez