Burt Reynolds died happily when he landed a role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Quentin Tarantino, who directed the 2019 comedy drama amid the real-life murders of the Manson family, hired the late actor to play George Spahn in the blockbuster, but died before he could film his scenes.
However, the 58-year-old director claimed that Reynolds was so happy to be in his film that he died peacefully after reading his lines.
Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning, Tarantino said, “I had the opportunity to rehearse with him. I’m officially the last part he played because he came to read the script. So this was his last game.
“The night he died, before he died, he ran in turns with an assistant. It is sad and beautiful at the same time. He was so happy. I can honestly say that he died happy. I’m not saying that he died happy because of me, but he was definitely happy when he passed away. “
Reynolds died of a heart attack at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida on September 6, 2018 at the age of 82.
He was supposed to play a blind rancher, but was later replaced by Bruce Dern after his untimely death.
After Bert’s death, his niece Nancy Lee Brown Hess admitted that he was looking forward to working on a film with Tarantino and fellow actors Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Kurt Russell.
She said, “My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino (on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and the great cast that was assembled.”
Brad Pitt admitted that the two days he spent on set with Bert gave him some of the “greatest moments” of his career.
He said: “I’m going to tell you about one of the greatest moments I had in the years we lived in this city: spending two days with Burt Reynolds in this film.
“You have to understand that to me when I was growing up in the Ozarks and watching Smokey and the Bandit, you know he was that guy. Virile. There was always something sharp to say – funny as shit. Great Chest of drawers. Oh man. “And I never met him, so being with him reminded me how much I enjoyed him as a kid. And then when I spent those days with him at rehearsals, he really touched me.”