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I just said to a group of people the other day that he was going to die and his directorial efforts - all of which were solid - would be the least remembered aspect of his iconic career. RIP - Bandit.
Just saw this:

John Boorman talking about casting Burt Reynolds in his breakout (from TV) role in DELIVERANCE:

"The studio was very unenthusiastic about casting Burt in Deliverance. They wanted a big star. I had gone to Jack Nicholson, but he wanted a half-million dollars, which was outrageous in 1972, and then I went to Marlon Brando, and he told me he’d do it for whatever Jack was asking for, so in the end the studio told me to go ahead and make it with nobodies for no money. They had very little confidence in the material.

"I went out and got Burt — I paid him $50,000 — and then Jon Voight. The two of them were total opposites. Jon hated signing autographs — he didn’t want to be disturbed by it. Burt loved it, said he could do it all day long. Voight analyzed everything to death, while Burt’s approach was to look at a scene and say, 'How do I get through this without making a fool of myself?'

"Burt was fearless, reckless really, but terrific in the role. It fitted him so well. But at the end of the shoot, Burt came to me and said, 'John, I was cast under false pretenses.' I said, 'What do you mean?' And he said, 'I can’t act. I was just faking it.' That just about sums him up.

"Burt’s saving grace was a sense of humor. He never took himself too seriously. Right around when the movie came out, he did that nude centerfold for Cosmo. He came to me and he said, 'You know this sex symbol thing isn’t working out for me. Women expect something amazing from me. But I’m just a fumbler, like everybody else.'"

“I can’t act. I was just faking it.”

Levels upon levels.



I want to be sadder about this than I am. I mean, I've been a lifelong comic book geek, since I picked up my first Spider-Man comic as a kid in the '70s. Not to get all deep and psychological about it, but Stan and his creations have had a massive impact on my life. As a kid, laying belly-first on the floor, a Marvel comic book spread out before me, soaking in Stan's wisdom and vibrant outlook on life as delivered through his characters -- I literally learned how to be an honorable and responsible man from reading Captain America and Spider-Man. I never once got to meet or even see Stan in person, but he was, all hyperbole aside, more of a father to me than my own POS dad ever was. And I'm just one person out of millions over the past fifty-some years who can say the same.

But as I said, I can't be sad. Stan lived an amazing life, was loved by pretty much the entire planet, and left behind a legacy that will continue to influence the world for generations to come. Between comics, movies, toys and pretty much every other form of media, think of the billions of dollars generated, and thousands upon thousands of careers and livelihoods sustained, by this one man's limitless imagination. The world owes him more than it will ever know.

RIP, Stan.
I have this, I guess, a little story where I originally wanted Stan Lee for my podcast about Spider-Man in Film which it delved into about attempts of various studios (Cannon, 21st Century, and Carolco) trying to make a Spider-Man film from the 80s-90s. It was not only him, but there were others guys involved in the Spider-Man in Film were like Frank LaLoggia, Ethan Wiley, Don Michael Paul, Neil Ruttenberg, etc., but the main guests I had were Ted Newsom and Scott Leva.

But the idea of having Stan was there in my mind I think, I’m trying to remember, I don’t have a good memory here, but that I thought he could provide something that he was involved on the film history.
So I emailed a request for Lee to appear in the podcast to his executive assistant Mike Kelly at POW! and about later he replied to me that Stan was busy and he had a busy schedule that he had to cancel all of the interview requests he had including my request for the podcast, but he wished me success on my podcast, which I thought was nice & sweet.

(again) R.I.P. - Stan Lee.