Burt Reynolds died just a couple of weeks ago — and one well-known actress just shared some new thoughts about her memories of the iconic actor.
Sally Field told Diane Sawyer of ABC, “We’d known each other about three days, four days [when we filmed ‘Smokey and the Bandit’]. It [their relationship] was instantaneous and four days felt like four years. You can see it in our faces. We were sort of, you know, deeply entangled,” she told Sawyer in a sit-down interview, part of which aired Monday on “Good Morning America.”
“The nature of it wasn’t just ‘Oh, this is a love affair.’ There was some ingredient between us having to do with my caretaking and him needing to be taken care of,” said Field, who is 71 now, as Fox News reported in a piece on the interview.
The actress also described their relationship as “confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me,” the outlet noted as well.
Reynolds’ manager confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter back on September 6 that the “Smokey and the Bandit” star passed away at Jupiter Medical in Florida of cardiac arrest at age 82.
The actor had suffered from various health issues in recent years.
Scoring early roles in the 1950s and ’60s on shows such as “Gunsmoke,” Reynolds eventually shot to stardom in the 1970s after popular appearances on Johnny Carson’s late-night show, several high-profile films, and a famous 1972 magazine spread in which he left very little to the imagination.
In the 1970s he was the top-grossing star for five years and helped create classics including “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” and “The Longest Yard.”
Just a few years ago, Reynolds told Vanity Fair that Sally Field was “the love of my life,” according to People magazine earlier this month.
Sally Field issued a statement right after Reynolds’ death.
“There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away,” she said.
“They stay alive, even 40 years later.” she added.
“My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”