(Images via National Enquirer)
Burt Reynolds, who is on my list of icons 80 and over— and who I reckon is among the Top 20 biggest stars alive based on his phenomenal box-office run and iconic status as a sex symbol — is quoted in the Guardian on quite a variety of topics, from posing nude for Cosmo (regrets it) to leaving Dinah Shore due to their ages (majorly regrets it).
As for his friend Donald Trump, he sounds very reasonable indeed:
I was terrified that my friend Donald Trump would ask me to be part of his presidential campaign. I’d have said no. I’m afraid now that he’s president we could get involved in a war very quickly. There’s a part of him that is so much fun and so sweet, but he’s doing what I used to do — having a good time being arrogant. And he has so many hangers-on.
Shockingly, he talks about almost marrying Bette Davis. Never knew they were an item or even pals:
I’d love to have become Bette Davis's fifth husband. We were great pals and there was a mutual romantic attraction. We were at a function once when a guy asked her if I was her new conquest in front of me. She slapped him so hard the whole room went silent.
He also talks about those days when it was suspected he had AIDS:
There were rumours I had AIDS in the '80s after I broke my jaw on a film and lost lots of weight. I was treated like a leper in Hollywood and it was the worst time of my life. I sure found out who my real friends were and I wasn’t surprised by those who turned out to be real assholes.
I changed loads to lots and arses to assholes; I have no way of knowing his exact quote, but I know an American doesn't talk like that — and I despise it when the British press changes quotes to suit how things are said there. When in doubt, at least put it in brackets.