EXCLUSIVE: Burt Reynolds praises co-star Ariel Winter, makes rare red carpet appearance


Burt Reynolds says his Dog Years co-star, Ariel Winter, doesn't need any advice from him when it comes to her acting career.

The 81-year-old actor joined the 19-year-old Modern Family star at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Saturday to premiere their film, along with Chevy Chase -- who also stars in the movie -- and Robert De Niro. This marked Reynolds' first public appearance in over a year.

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In Dog Years, directed by Adam Rifkin, Reynolds portrays an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. "It's a sweet picture," Reynolds told ET. "I had two rather famous directors [watch it], both cried at the end. That's a good sign."

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Burt Reynolds attended the Dog Years premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22 in New York City.

2017 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Dog Years'

When asked if he offered up any words of wisdom to Winter while filming the movie, he responded, "No, she was doing fine. She's going to be great."

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Reynolds also revealed that he's planning on working with Chase again. "They have to write it, and remember, 'I'm a star!'" he quipped. "I'm above the title but under him," Chase chimed in.

Robert De Niro, Burt Reynolds and Chevy Chase attend the premiere of Dog Years during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on April 20 in New York City

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