Says of his Without a Paddle co-star: 'My house is a living shrine to Burt. I love that man'
Dax Shepard, one of the stars of NBC’s Parenthood, has revealed a big secret in his new interview with Playboy.
He has a man crush on Burt Reynolds, the top sex symbol in movies in the 1970s who starred with Shepard in the 2004 hit movie Without a Paddle.
‘My house is a living shrine to Burt, much to (fiancee Kristen Bell’s) chagrin,’ Shepard shares. ‘I have a urinal, and above it is a poster of Gator with a personal message that says, ‘To Dax, you’re a hell of an actor but more important, a hell of a man. Love and respect.”
When they were shooting Without a Paddle, about three men who go on a camping expedition for lost bounty after their friend dies, Shepard became something of a stalker to the star of such films as The Longest Yard, Deliverance, Starting Over, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights.
‘I would go to his trailer every day just to hound him for stories because I had so many unanswered questions,’ he says. ‘I love that man.’
Shepard also worked with John Travolta on the film Old Dogs but didn’t seem as enamored with the star of Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Urban Cowboy and Pulp Fiction.
‘Well, they say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, and that’s probably good advice unless you employ the strategy of hanging on to your daydream of who they are,’ he says. ‘Urban Cowboy is in my top five dramas of all time, so Travolta could have been lighting other cast members on fire and I would have just seen Bud climbing off the oil rig, or the guy from Pulp Fiction. I’m like those female fans who saw Elvis on his last tour. They didn’t see the 300-pound beached whale on the stage; they were cheering and crying for the guy from 1956 swaying his hips.’