Although both Burt, 82, and Brad, 55, were casted in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, they never got to act on-screen together before the Gunsmoke star passed away in September 2018.
Burt was supposed to play a rancher who allowed character Charles Manson and his followers to stay on his property, but the role went to Bruce Dern after he died from a heart attack.
Despite their short amount of time working together, Brad told Esquire how much Burt had an impact on him on set of the movie.
“I’ll tell you one of the greatest moments I’ve had in these however many years we’ve been at it in this town: getting to spend two days with Burt Reynolds on this film,” he told the publication.
"For me, growing up in the Ozarks and watching Smokey and the Bandit, you know, he was the guy. Virile always had something sharp to say—funny as s**t. A great dresser," he continued.
"I had never met him, so being there with him reminded me of how much I enjoyed him as a kid. And then getting to spend those days with him in rehearsal, I was really touched by him," the Fight Club actor said. “It was a f**king pleasure," he added.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will debut in U.S theaters on Friday, July 26 and stars Brad as Cliff Booth, Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, and James Marsden as Charles Manson. The late Luke Perry also plays Scott Lacer. This film marks his last before he passed away in March.
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