“I don’t like those people”: Burt Reynolds Hated Mark Wahlberg’s Iconic Movie Because of His Disdain For Adult Industry

With his mixed feelings for the adult film industry, Burt Reynolds expressed his hate towards ‘Boogie Nights’.

"I don't like those people": Burt Reynolds Hated Mark Wahlberg's Iconic Movie Because of His Disdain For Adult Industry

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  • Paul Thomas Anderson-directed 'Boogie Nights' is considered a cult classic from 1997 featuring Mark Wahlberg and Burt Reynolds in lead roles.
  • However, despite all the praises and accolades, Burt Reynolds admitted hating Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie, during a 2015 interview at a 'The Guardian Live' event.
  • Opening up about the reasons behind his hatred for the film, Burt Reynolds expressed his deep disdain for the p*rn industry.
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The 90s legend Burt Reynolds is famously known for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson-directed and Mark Wahlberg-starring Boogie Nights. But while the movie garnered him an Oscar nomination for his role, the actor admitted hating the drama due to one reason.

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The movie chronicled the Golden Age of p*rn in the 1970s, and Burt Reynolds played the role of Jack Horner, a successful p*rn director. But his role, unfortunately, ignited Reynolds’ disdain for the adult film industry, more than ever. Having mixed feelings about the p*rn industry, the actor admitted “hating” the film.

Also read: “I just wanted to hit him”: Burt Reynolds Absolutely Despised Working in Mark Wahlberg’s Breakout Film That Landed 3 Oscar Nominations 

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Burt Reynolds Admitted Hating Boogie Nights 

Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Boogie Nights is considered a cult classic from 1997 that showcased the Golden Age of the p*rn industry in the 1970s. Featuring Mark Wahlberg and Burt Reynolds in lead roles, the film garnered praises and accolades for the brilliant representation of the rise and fall of p*rnographic actor, Dirk Diggler, whose real name is Eddie Adams. 

Boogie Nights (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)

With Mark Wahlberg playing the role of the high school dropout Eddie Adams aka Dirk Diggler, Burt Reynolds was hired for the role of Jack Horner, the successful p*rn director and a mentor to the troubled Dirk. Following his appearance, Reynolds earned an Oscar nod for his role as the adult filmmaker, who is later forced to produce poor-quality movies for Floyd Gondolli (Philip Baker Hall).

Also read: “I’m an idiot”: Julia Roberts’ Film Almost Made Iconic ’70s Legend Its Lead Instead of Fan-Favorite Star

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Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights
Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights

However, despite all the praises and accolades, Burt Reynolds admitted hating Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie. In a 2015 interview at a The Guardian Live event, the actor addressed the reason behind his hatred for the 1997 movie. Admitting that despite Boogie Nights’ popularity, he has never watched it, Reynolds stated that he hated both working for the film and with director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Burt Reynolds’ Disdain For the P*rn Industry

Opening up about the reasons behind his hatred for the film, Burt Reynolds expressed his deep disdain for the p*rn industry. Having mixed feelings and opinions about the existence of adult films, Reynolds stated that since Boogie Nights deals with the lives of adult film stars and directors, he hated his participation in such a project.

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Reynolds admitted hating the 1997 movie because his deep disdain for the p*rn industry

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I don’t like those people, I feel like they are due for a very hard time because they tried to do legitimate film and they’re never going to be able to. It’s sad, they were very sad people and they showed up a lot of times on set. It’s a one-way street, if you go down that road as an actor, you’re finished.” 

Stating how p*rn stars are basically people who tried way too hard to make a breakthrough in the entertainment industry but failed miserably and ended up in adult films, Burt Reynolds mentioned that they are trapped forever in that doom. Calling p*rn a one-way street, Reynolds stated that an actor who enters the adult film industry, never makes their way out, and it’s sad. 

Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights
Reynolds hated working with Paul Thomas Anderson

Further, Burt Reynolds discussed how much he hated working with Paul Thomas Anderson. Admitting that he was offered another project – Magnolia, by the director, Reynolds claimed that making one movie with Anderson was enough for him. “I’d done my picture with Paul Thomas Anderson, that was enough for me” the actor confessed. Revealing his deep disgust for the Academy Awards-nominated movie and its director, Reynolds rested his case.

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