Burt Reynolds‘ infamous 1972 nude photo shoot for Cosmopolitan may have flown off newsstands, but the star isn’t exactly proud of the spread.
“I mean what an a–,” he continued. “What an egomaniac that would do something like that.”
When Couric pressed Reynolds, now 81, to explain why he regretted the shoot so much, he added, “I didn’t have to do that. But people thought you had to do it because it, you know, caused a little fuss and all that and I enjoyed that, but I didn’t enjoy doing it.”
“I screwed it up, like I did everything else,” he said. “I should have stayed with her, she was terrific. She had everything: talent, sweet, two great kids. She was just wonderful. I just screwed it up.”
The sentiment is not a new one: In 2015, Reynolds told Vanity Fair that Field was the love of his life.
Reynolds doesn’t feel the same way toward all of his past lovers, though. When Couric mentioned her father had a crush on Reynolds’ ex-wife Loni Anderson, the actor retorted, “Of course he did, but that was after makeup.”
He gave a firm “no” when Couric asked if the pair were still friendly.
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Reynolds has, however, settled down: He told Couric that he has a girlfriend.
“She’s not in the business and she’s just a great gal,” he shared.
Reflecting on his life and loves, Reynolds admitted, “I get mad at myself when I look in retrospect of the way I behaved sometimes. I guess every man feels that way about some period of his life.”