Burt Reynolds Laments The Lack Of Ethnic Diversity In Hollywood | Film News
Speaking candidly to The Guardian, Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds, star of Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, Gator, The Longest Yard and countless others, has criticised the lack of progression in tackling racial discrimination in Hollywood.
Reynolds, who was raised in Florida, was no stranger to racial discrimination in Southern America and claimed “It still isn’t right. It won’t ever be right in our lifetime. It really did think things would have progressed by now. I certainly thought we would have a lot more black directors, writers, producers“. Although progress has been made in recent years towards a more diverse film industry, Reynolds is the latest in a string of industry icons to voice the opinion that it is still not enough.
Reynolds also discussed his role in Boogie Nights, in which he played a porn king. Despite the success of the film, Reynolds states he hates the film and hated working with the director, Paul Thomas Anderson. He also discussed spurning the advances of Hollywood icon Greta Garbo, working with Sally Fields and potential role offers (including Michael Corleone from The Godfather and Han Solo from Star Wars). For more of the fascinating Guardian interview with the movie icon, check out the video below.
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