How Not to Party with Controversy
The only tiny flaw to the film's success, if one can call it such, had to do with Burt Reynolds apparently attempting to teach a CBS Newspath producer a lesson in learning how to conduct a celebrity interview properly. Seems that Reynolds slapped the guy in the face (gently, one would presume) with the camera rolling! The producer acknowledged that he had neither seen this new Longest Yard or the original 1974 version --- and that's when the guy got smacked. "What kinda guy are you?" Burt allegedly asked.
Apparently, the producer screamed (rhetorically, mind you!) 'Burt Reynolds assulted me!' Oh, twaddle! This poor soul obviously needs to get a grip. I have observed Burt's playful nature over the years, especially in terms of his partnership with Dom DeLuise; so I believe he was indeed exercising his playful side. However, I would advise Burt in future to show at least a little restraint, or, if need be, decorum! Behavior even among celebrities deserves at least something in the way of decency!