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'Burn Notice' exclusive: Burt Reynolds cast as... Michael Westen?!

burt-reynoldsImage Credit: Carlos Marino/Getty Images; Glenn Watson/USA NetworkSort of but not really. Keep reading for a full explanation…

Burn Notice has tapped acting vet Burt Reynolds to guest-star as a legendary operative, now retired and cast out of the CIA, who serves as somewhat of a cautionary tale for Michael (Jeffrey Donovan).

“Things have not gone well for him since he left the spy service,” explains series creator Matt Nix of Reynolds’ character, Paul Anderson. “He’s now working as a bartender under an assumed name, and he gets into trouble with some very nasty Russian guys.

“He’s not precisely like Michael,” adds Nix. “He’s Michael should Michael succumb to some of the demons that haunt ex-spies.”

Reynolds’ episode will air during the show’s fourth season, premiering on June 3.

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Originally posted May 11 2010 — 1:49 PM EDT

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