Burt Reynold’s Last Role (That Never Had The Chance To Film)
You’ve probably heard the news. The Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds died yesterday at the age of 82. The actor apparently died of a heart attack, after years of ill health and in his death he leaves a son, nieces and nephews a many memorable roles.
However there is one memorable role that Burt didn’t get to portray. The Role of George Spahn in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. George Spahn, was an 80-year-old nearly blind man who rented his Los Angeles ranch out to be used as a location for Westerns.
Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered Sharon Tate and six others. In exchange for rent, Manson coerced his female followers into hopping into bed with the ranch owner, and serving as his seeing-eye guides.
According to some media outlets, Reynolds hasn’t filmed any of his scenes, and a need of an actor replacement in this role will be very much needed. Reynolds died before he had the change to go on set, and according to THR, Reynolds was scheduled to begin shooting his role in a matter of weeks.
Reynolds was set to star along an impressive list of actors in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, Margot Robbie, Lena Dunham, Al Pachino, Maya Hawke, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, Emile Hirsch, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Scoot McNairy, and Nicholas Hammond, among others.
There is still no word on who will fill Burt Reynolds’s shoes in this role, but whomever it is, those are going to be seriously big shoes to fill.
Burt Reynolds was famous for passing roles that were either commercially successful or culturally significant.
He turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars, Jon McClane in Die Hard and Garrett Breedlove in Terms Of Endearment. Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for his performance in the role in Endearment, and Reynolds once said that was the worst mistake of his career. Reynolds won his first and only Academy Award nomination (for Supporting role in Boogie Nights), but lost the award to Robin Williams.
RIP Burt Reynolds.