SXSW 2016: The star and documentary director Jesse Moss talk to TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly
Even at age 80, Burt Reynolds can still command the attention of the ladies.
“Somebody threw a bra at you yesterday after the screening,” noted Jesse Moss, the director of “The Bandit,” a new documentary about the ’70s superstar’s relationship with stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham.
“It didn’t fit,” Reynolds quipped in an interview with TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
Reynolds recounted his admiration for Needham. “He was the most amazing guy I ever knew,” the actor said. “If they had a stunt and everybody turned it down, they’d say, ‘Get Hal.'”
The actor also recalled how the filmmakers cast his own Bassett hound, Clyde, as his four-legged partner in “Smokey and the Bandit.”
“He was the dumbest dog that anybody ever had,” he said, “but the most wonderful, sweet.”