Burt Reynolds Once Hilariously Explained to Piers Morgan on Why He Grew His Signature Mustache

by Katie Maloney
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The only thing that could ever rival Burt Reynold’s fame, was Burt Reynold’s mustache.

Just admit it, you were turned on by Burt’s mustache. It’s okay, we all were. We couldn’t help it. Burt Reynolds was a 70s sex icon and he did things to people that we may never understand. The mustache, the quaffed hair, and those barely buttoned shirts were all a part of Reynolds’s signature look. But where did it all start? What inspired Burt to literally attach himself to such defining features? Burt revealed his inspiration during an interview with Piers Morgan in 2012.

As a young man, Burt Reynolds looked a lot like Marlon Brando. Like a lot a lot. They looked like they could be twins. And Reynolds was okay with it for a while because Brando was his hero.

Burt Reynolds poses for a portrait on the set of his TV show Hawk circa 1966. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)

Burt Reynolds Met Marlon Brando For the First Time and ‘He Was Very Rude’

Reynolds had spent a large part of his life admiring Brando’s onscreen talents. But all of that changed when Burt met Brando for the first time.

“I wanted to meet him. I thought he was the world’s greatest American actor. When I met him, he was very rude to me,” said Reynolds. “I went over and introduced myself. He was sitting in a bar. And I said, ‘Mr. Brando, I’m Burt Reynolds and I’ve always wanted to meet you. I think you’re the best actor in the world. Forgive me for interrupting you.'”

According to Reynolds, Brando’s only response was an exasperated sigh and annoyed facial expressions – which Reynolds impersonated in spot-on Brando fashion.

“I don’t know what all that meant,” said Reynolds with a smirk. “But I’m pretty sure it meant he had no respect for me. I think that’s probably when I grew the mustache that night.”

Piers Morgan interviews Burt Reynolds in 2012.

Burt Reynolds may not have gone on to become friends with Marlon Brando. But he did skyrocket to fame as an international superstar. Until his passing in 2018, he remained an essential part of the Hollywood scene. The Oscar-nominated actor starred in dozens of movies and television shows including Boogie Nights, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Smokey And The Bandit, and The Longest Yard. He even made a guest appearance on The Golden Girls.

In conclusion, we’re happy Burt and Marlon’s friendship never worked out. Otherwise, the silver screen may never have been graced with Burt Reynolds’s famous mustache.

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