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SXSW – Burt Reynolds Says He Regrets Doing Cosmo’s Famous Nude Bearskin Rug Centerfold

Burt Reynolds Regrets Doing Nude Cosmo Centerfold

During AOL’s What To Watch session at SXSW now, four decades later, former hairy heartthrob Burt Reynolds says he regrets posing for the 1972 Cosmopolitan nearly nude centerfold that sold over 1.5 million copies and helped cement both Cosmo and Reynolds’ name in popular culture. (And also became masturbation fodder for generations of gay men and women. Don’t be a prude.  You know its true.)

Reynolds revealed that he thinks he did the naked shoot because he didn’t want people to think he was afraid to do it.  “The only rules I had… I wanted a lot of drinks before. I have to be truthful, I was totally zonkered when I did the picture. That stupid smile, that’s what it is you know.”

From Cosmopolitan.com:

On the way to the photo shoot, I stopped for two quarts of vodka and finished one before we got to the studio, which was freezing cold (bad for a naked man’s self-esteem).

The famed Francesco Scavullo photographed me on a bearskin rug. He took hundreds of shots: with a hat in front of my … tallywacker, with a dog in front of it, with my hand in front of it. (If I was trying to prove something, why would I cover it up with my hand? I have very small hands.) They promised to burn the outtakes and give me the negatives

Reynolds was the first male nude “legitimate” centerfold in publishing.

It wasn’t until later that Reynolds found out that Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan and author of the best-selling book Sex and the Single Girl had asked Paul Newman to do it first.

Senator Scott Brown Dismisses LGBT Issues Like ENDA and DOMA Repeal As ‘Pet Projects’

U.S. Senator Scott (Men of Cosmo) Brown (R-MA)  in an editorial published Tuesday in Massachusetts LGBT newspaper, Bay Windows. Brown, wrote that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were nothing more than “pet projects” and were not a part of his M.O. as a U.S. Senator.

“Being an independent voter and thinker means I am never going to satisfy one group or political party 100 percent of the time,” wrote Brown. “Since my election, I have crossed the aisle to work with the opposing party on many key issues, and I was recently named the second most bipartisan member of the Senate. I have never subscribed to the theory that good ideas or good policies are limited to one political party.”

“I don’t come before you with a checklist of items promising that I will be an advocate for you on each and every one of them. My opponent (Elizabeth Warren) has already started down that road, promising to support everyone’s pet project. That’s not the way I have ever operated.”

So Scott Brown believes that human dignity and the ability to live life equally under the laws without oppression or discrimination are “pet projects”?

Well hopefully the “soon to be former” Senator Brown when he’s unemployed will and has the time to actually think about his words and will  realize that  LGBT equality is not a  “pet project.” Its about whats right under the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and its about ALL American citizens having the same basic civil rights and being treated with human dignity.

It is about fairness and whats right.