burt reynolds smokey and the bandit  Burt Reynolds confronts 'Bandit' look alikesBurt Reynolds is about to be a “Burn Notice” guest star, but imagine being him and seeing more than 100 drivers, all in Trans Ams … and all sporting mustaches and cowboy hats, “Bandit”-style.

That’s the real-life scene the veteran actor-director witnessed last month. “‘Smokey and the Bandit’ has had this incredible afterlife,” Reynolds tells Zap2it of one of his top movie hits. He marvels that so many look-alike drivers traveled from Braselton, Ga. “to my museum (in Jupiter, Fla.) and parked under the bridge. If that wasn’t a scary sight, I don’t know what is!”

]]>The Bandit Run originated in 2007 to mark the 30th anniversary of “Smokey and the Bandit.” That year’s participants retraced the film’s famously, merrily illegal beer-run route from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta. “It’s just amazing to me that it’s still going on,” Reynolds says. “I’m very proud of it, in a crazy way. It’s a big honor for me.” Some time after the end of his Emmy-honored run on the CBS sitcom “Evening Shade” — 16 years, to be exact — Reynolds returns to television on USA’s “Burn Notice” Thursday, July 22. He plays a former intelligence agent similar in many ways to Michael Westen (series star Jeffrey Donovan), who protects Reynolds’ character from a very determined, well-armed Russian black-ops team. “I watch everything that films down here, if I can,” Reynolds says of the Florida-based adventure show. “I’m really kind of nestled in here among my coconut trees, and I’m not anxious to go anywhere. I’d say 90 percent of that crew also worked on ‘Evening Shade,’ so it’s wonderful to do something with old friends.” Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: Universal Pictures

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