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Reynolds Rapped

Hot-headed Burt Reynolds -- The star makes outrageous requests and remarks on the set of ''Cop and a Half''

Burt Reynolds embattled? Old news, except this time the feud wasn't on the set of Evening Shade, where he has clashed with creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, it was during the filming of his April release, Cop and a Half.

According to a source close to the Universal movie, Reynolds tried to slip the producers a wardrobe bill that included 10 custom-made jackets at $1,700 apiece and 10 pairs of $300 boots. The $20,000 tab was turned down, though producers reportedly did pay for what Burt's contract calls a new ''unit'' (translation: toupee) to be supplied daily.

The 57-year-old actor, who hasn't made a feature since 1990's Modern Love, is also said to have antagonized actor-turned-director Henry Winkler by being ''very aggressive,'' according to the insider. ''He would call 'cut' once in a while, or when the take was okay with him, that would be it.''

Scott Jackson, a spokesman for Reynolds, says the shooting took place during a difficult time in the actor's life. ''His mother died about halfway through the filming, and he was away from (wife Loni Anderson and son Quinton, 4),'' Jackson says.

Jackson insists all of Reynolds' wardrobe requests were approved and denies the toupee clause exists, calling it ''ridiculous.'' He concedes Reynolds might have made suggestions to Winkler, but says the star is ''far too professional'' to have called ''cut'' himself. Winkler won't comment.

Originally posted Feb 26, 1993 Published in issue #159 Feb 26, 1993 Order article reprints