Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino recently revealed that late Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds was running his lines for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood before he died of a heart attack at the age of 82. According to The Hollywood Reporter, speaking in a recent interview with a media outlet to promote the novelization of his 2019 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, the Oscar-winning writer-director opened up a bit about casting Reynolds in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, even though they never got to shoot any footage. Quentin Tarantino Might Cast Uma Thurman’s Daughter Maya Hawke If ‘Kill Bill Vol 3’ Ever Happens.
In the interview taking place at Tarantino’s recently purchased Los Angeles theater, the New Beverly Cinema, he said, “I got a chance to rehearse with him. I’m officially the last role he played because he came to the script reading. So, that was his last acting.” The legendary Reynolds was set to play George Spahn, the real-life owner and operator of the Southern California ranch used for several Westerns before business dried up and Charles Manson and his ‘Family’ moved in, as depicted in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. Bruce Dern later took over the role after Reynolds passed. Quentin Tarantino Still Keen on Retiring From Direction, Wants to Focus on Writing.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino said he knew Reynolds died happy having been cast in the major Hollywood project. “The night he died, what he was doing before he passed on as he was running lines with is assistant. That’s like sad and beautiful at the same time. He was so happy. I can honestly say he died happy. I am not saying he died happy because of me, but he was definitely happy when he passed on.”
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