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How Burt Reynolds beat Marlon Brando to Deliverance role

Movies News / Jon Galt

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How Burt Reynolds beat Marlon Brando to Deliverance role

  • Deliverance was released back in 1972
  • Burt Reynolds played the role of Lewis in the movie
  • Marlon Brando was in line for the role
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It has been over forty years now, since the hit movie Deliverance was released, with an all-star cast in tow. Deliverance saw big screen legend Burt Reynolds play the role of Lewis, a role which was initially meant for the great Marlon Brando. So why did Burt Reynolds get the role.
Marlon Brando rejected the role
 
Well, according to director John Boorman, the reason that Burt Reynolds was cast as Lewis, was because Marlon Brando had an issue with the role. Boorman revealed that Brando asked him, "I wouldn’t have to get into one of those canoes, would I?" which ultimately led to him rejecting the role.
 
Meanwhile, Reynolds was just happy to get the work, he admitted "I just wanted a job. I thought it was the best script I had read. Unlike Mr. Voight, I didn’t get these kinds of script all the time. I walked down the street at Warners and I screamed, ‘I think I got it!’” to the surprise of a few tourists who shouted back 'I think you got it!'"
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Burt Reynolds put in a fantastic performance in Deliverance, which made him one of the most sought after actors in the coming years. Deliverance also starred Jon Voight and Ned Beatty and, if you have never seen the movie, we urge you to watch it.
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