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Burt Reynolds and a Crop of Tarantino Regulars Join ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

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brian-mcgee - May 9, 2018

It looks like Burt is gonna make one more run at an Oscar, as news has broken that Reynolds is joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino's epic in the making, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While I would never take Robin Williams' Oscar away from him, the late comedian stole the award that year from Burt's absolutely transcendent performance in Boogie Nights. It's like the year Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich beat Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream. Sure, Robin and Julia were good, but they were both up against a performance for the ages.

Nevertheless, Burt is presumably making another hunt for the little golden guy that's alluded him throughout his career by working for a guy who has ushered Christoph Waltz to two Academy Awards, Quentin Tarantino. Reynolds is the latest big name star after Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie to join the cast of Tarantino's latest, due next summer.

According to Deadline, Reynolds will take on the role of George Spahn, the man who owned the ranch where Charles Manson and his followers lived during the time they perpetrated two grisly murders on seven wealthy residents of Beverly Hills. Whether or not this role has the meat to earn Reynolds another shot at an Oscar, but I imagine this is the role that would've gone to Waltz had he been participating, as he's sadly too old to play Roman Polanski. You want to see that movie now, too, don't you?

The article goes on to state that Tarantino is talking with three of his regulars to also come aboard the project: Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, and Tim Roth. I think it's a slam dunk for Madsen and Roth, who have worked both with Tarantino three times prior. This would be Russell's third go-around with QT, but it seems like he would have to make time in his schedule for it.

Anyways, I hope this nets Reynolds one last bit of glory. He deserves a good send-off and lord knows no one's come close to giving him one yet. I can't guarantee it'll be anything more than a glorified cameo. The one thing I know for certain is that based on the title and the running time for Tarantino's last few films, I would say you should expect this one to have an epic, three hour running time, at least. Pack an adult diaper or two.

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