Quote of the Day “For 50 years, all I’d done was take, take, take. I decided from now on it is going to be giving. And I’m way behind. We’re all way behind. We live this life like what’s down here is what it’s all about. We’re temporary, son, like a wisp of smoke.” –Jerry Reed
This isn’t a eulogy, and I’m not even going to write about Jerry Reed’s passing today. But I happened to read one of his obituaries and saw this beautiful quote, and I couldn’t let it go without sharing here. I love that last sentence.
And let me tell you something else. Smokey and the Bandit was a damned good movie. It is perhaps the most underrated quotable movie of all time and is funny as hell from the premise to the facial expressions to the incredibly, poetically, foul language. Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, and Sally Fields all had their greatest roles in this movie as far as I’m concerned. The landscape of the 1970’s South that passes by in a Trans-Am blur is drably beautiful. Why Big Enos and Little Enos didn’t have a huge career after their transcendent performances is a mystery, but the movie couldn’t have begun or ended without them. The local yokel extras who delivered their lines with such aplomb, the hot pants, the illicit Coors beer, East Bound and Down…my God, they must have had a helluva good time putting all this together. It’s a definite top ten of all time contender for TB.
I hope ole Burt’s got a good asshole runnin drinkin buddy tonight.