'Burn Notice' lets Burt Reynolds work close to home
"When they approached me about this, I was very happy," Reynolds reflects, "but I forgot how hard you work on those shows. The hours were unbelievable, but I really was very fond of both those guys" -- the "guys" being Donovan and series co-star
Reynolds has many scenes with them, and he says they were "incredibly respectful. I was very touched by that. Maybe it's because I'm old, but they were very sweet, and I had a lot of fun with them. They like to horse around a little; you'll die in that heat if you don't have a laugh or two."
While holding true to the spirit of "Burn Notice," Reynolds' character also pays homage to his past roles in action movies from "Operation C.I.A." to "Malone." Reynolds agrees Paul is Michael's older mirror image in the world of "Burn Notice" ... and he confirms he "would have wanted a shot" at the part of Michael, were it a different time.
"I like the writing on the show," he adds. "It's a little off-center. Everybody's not perfect. What really drew me to this character was that he's flawed, and he also is one of the walking wounded. It's not just that he's gotten to a certain age, but he has a lot of devils. They wrote a lot of stuff in for me, and I was very grateful."