In what is now his final interview with Mirror, the 82-year-old former Hollywood heartthrob said, “I still haven’t done the best work I can do and I’d like to do something people really wouldn’t expect.”
After tremendous success in the 70s and 80s Reynolds — who was set to star in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, alongside Brad Pitt — had a string of failed movies, most recently playing the role of Vic Edwards in The Last Movie Star.
“Vic isn’t me, even though we share some experiences," he told the outlet on August 20. "In fact playing him proved quite a stretch. I did things I haven’t done in a long time, emotionally. I went to places I needed to go."
“When you’ve been driving fast cars and punching and shooting people all the time you don’t get much of a chance to show vulnerability. I’ve never had a chance to show there is a soul there," he added. “But this movie gave me a chance to really do some soul searching and show some of the things actors go through.”
He continued, “Some crash and burn and never get up again while others fight their way back and get working again.”
“I miss her terribly, even now. Men are like that. You find the perfect person and you screw it up,” he said.
Sadly, in 2009, Reynolds entered rehab for pain killer addiction after undergoing a spinal surgery and heart operation and following his release, the actor had been plagued by reports that he was “gravely ill.”
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