[Hobe Sound's] Burt Reynolds is a megastar. But he may never have been that way without stunt man-turned-director Hal Needham, according to The Austin Chronicle.
As Reynolds’ longtime double for all those hair-raising, life-threatening leaps and fights, he made Reynolds look like a badass.
When Needham became a director for Smokey and the Bandit, he made Reynolds a household name.
Together, documentarian Jesse Moss describes them as “two of the sexiest, most charismatic men of the Seventies.” That’s why Moss’ new documentary The Banditisn’t a biopic about Reynolds.
It’s about two best friends, and how they set cinema on fire in 1977 with a crazy road trip. “It’s a buddy movie about a buddy movie,” he said. “The trope of the buddy movie is that they fall in love, they fall apart, and they come back together.”
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