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Burt Reynolds’ Cosmopolitan Centerfold

In the documentary I Am Burt Reynolds, the popular actor, Burt Reynolds, expressed regret over posing as a nude centerfold for the magazine Cosmopolitan. “I never would have done it if I didn’t have Deliverance in the can,” Reynolds said. Believing his fans would find it hilarious — “It was for laughs,” he said — instead there were important Hollywood directors who disapproved. It certainly made Reynolds the world’s top male sex symbol, but in retrospect he believed his reputation as a serious actor suffered and cost him an Oscar nomination.