Sterling Archer may not be as suave as he thinks he is, but the bumbling private spy from FX’s hilarious animated comedy “Archer” always fashioned himself as a latter-day version of Burt Reynolds. Now, he’ll get to meet the real thing.
FX announced today that Reynolds has voiced a season three episode of the series, playing himself. Even though Reynolds is one of Archer’s heroes, Burt will irritate Archer to no end by dating his mother Malory (voiced by Jessica Walter).
“I think the only person on the planet who’s a bigger fan of Burt Reynolds than me is Sterling Archer,” creator Adam Reed said in a press release. ”Archer constantly tries to imitate Burt and always raves about Burt’s movies and all-around awesomeness. So to have Burt recording voice-overs for the show was just amazing.”
It’ll just be fun, though, to hear Reynolds and his off-handed way of speaking butt up against the combination of drollness and rage that Jon Benjamin has given Sterling Archer. One thing we know is that the episode will likely be yet another example of Reynolds skewering his ’70s sex-symbol image. A clue is the episode’s title: “The Man From Jupiter,” a nod to the city in Florida where Reynolds lives.
Watch Sterling Archer at his best (or worst?) here: