Burt Reynolds: The real reason I walk with a cane nowadays

4:51 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 Community
Burt Reynolds, with a cane by his side, during a West Palm Beach Q&A in 2016. (Meghan McCarthy/Palm Beach Daily News)

For those who’ve wondered about actor Burt Reynolds walking with a cane in recent years, he’s got a simple answer for you:

It adds style to a senior’s step.

“I have no health issues at all now,” Reynolds told “The Desert Sun” newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif. “I have a cane, which I use, not to hold myself up, but for character. I’m at that stage of my life where a cane is like a cigar. It’s quite debonair.”

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Reynolds spoke to the newspaper to promote his latest movie, “The Last Movie Star,” which was the closing night film for the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The Jupiter hometown hero, who turns 82 next month, also touched on some other aspects of his life and career in the Desert Sun interview, recalling that he knew Marilyn Monroe “fairly well” and sometimes misses the glory years of the ’70s when he was the world’s top box office star:

“I miss some of it, yeah,” he told the newspaper. “There were some guys and some gals back then that were very special. A lot of them came and went. It was kind of brutal. But Jon Voight is a great friend of mine and we meet and talk, and lie, and Clint (Eastwood) comes by sometimes.”

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Reynolds also touched on some familiar stories, such as turning down roles in “Star Wars” and “Terms of Endearment,” as well as movies he wished he hadn’t made, such as “Stroker Ace” and “Switching Channels.”

He also said he hoped his new movie, about an aging movie star seeking a comeback, will get him more attention. He has no plans to quit acting, saying he will “keep looking for pictures where I get to stretch a little bit, show people that I’ve got a lot of things to do yet as an actor.”

But, overall, he’s happy with his life at this stage of the game:

“I’m very comfortable with the guy in the mirror. I’ve grown very old together with him.”