Burt Reynolds walks the red carpet in South Mississippi

Burt Reynolds walks the red carpet in South Mississippi
An excited crowd filled the lobby of the Island View Casino in Gulfport, hoping to snag a picture of Smokey and the Bandit star. (Photo source: WLOX)
An excited crowd filled the lobby of the Island View Casino in Gulfport, hoping to snag a picture of Smokey and the Bandit star. (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS - Legendary actor Burt Reynolds walked the red carpet, right here in South Mississippi, Wednesday. He's in town for the Sun and Sand Film Festival, where his movie, Category 5, premiered.

An excited crowd filled the lobby of the Island View Casino in Gulfport, hoping to snag a picture of Smokey and the Bandit star.

"I just love Burt Reynolds, and he was so handsome, and he went with some of my favorite people," said Mary Elizabeth Stevens.

Reynolds walked the red carpet with some of his cast-mates from his recent film, Category 5. Parts of it were shot on the Gulf Coast and in the WLOX news studios in 2013.

"It's a film based on Hurricane Katrina, and it's kind of cool because you know a lot of the world didn't know about what really happened here during Hurricane Katrina. So, this sheds some light on what happened," said Ali Mueller.

Mueller, who is a graduate of Long Beach High School, has since moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. But she said she gained a lot a respect for Reynolds after working with him.

"He's quite funny and, you know, I really respect his work ethic, that he's still going after so many years, and so many successful movies. He's still just working away," said Mueller.

Reynolds' newest movie is set to be released in November of this year, but in the event he does any more films, one fan wants to take part.

"I love Burt Reynolds and I hope he will continue making films, and who knows, maybe I'll get a part as his mother," said Stevens.

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