In response to an audience question at the Rome (Georgia) International Film Festival, Burt Reynolds said that the role of Vic Edwards was the most "honest" he had or would ever play. See more »
It is stated at least twice that Vic Edwards was playing on the Tennessee football team during the 1951 season (supposedly a sophomore in college). However, the Wikipedia page Lil pulls up shows that Vic was born in 1936, making him 15 while supposedly playing college football. He would have been a high school sophomore during the 1951 season (in fact, Burt Reynolds was a high school sophomore during the 1951 football season as he graduated high school in 1954). See more »
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This is a memorable performance by a versatile, veteran actor, made all the more poignant by a role that often echoes his real-life movie star career.
Beautifully written and brilliantly edited and choreographed, interspersed with Reynolds variously and hilariously playing alongside his younger self in clips from earlier films, this is a sweet and fitting addition to his already impressive legacy. It's one he can certainly be proud of, and worthy of recognition come awards season.
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