Laser Time is sending Burt Reynolds off in style with his most enduring movie. Be here at 9PM ET (6PM PT) and let’s celebrate the work of the recently departed Bandit…
I don’t remember Burt Reynolds being the biggest movie star in the world. But I do remember him being incredibly famous, to the point where I encountered his name pretty much every day. Grocery counter rags, tabloids, late night monologues and even the mainstream news reported daily on the scandals involving his personal life, finances, and hairpieces constantly. Sadly, that’s how I got to know him: during his decline. But you don’t get that kind of notoriety just by fucking up. The public’s fascination with Reynolds’ woes had a lot more to do with how many, and how much, people fucking loved him. I didn’t really understand that until I saw Smokey and the Bandit years later, a movie so ridiculously fun and otherworldly charismatic Reynolds literally looks into camera at one point and giggles about how charming and handsome he knows you find him. Burt Reynolds is in plenty of better movies, but Smokey and the Bandit is unarguably The Best Burt Reynolds Movie, so that’s how we’re gonna say goodbye to this Godly Floridian tonight at 9PM Eastern (6PM Pacific)
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So grab yourself a copy of Smokey and the Bandit, on Amazon if you really like us, and be here as we all wish the Bandit godspeed. After the live show, look for the commentary on Patreon or Laser Time’s Bandcamp.