There seems to be a debate over whether Billy Redden or Hoyt Pollard played the banjo playing inbreed in Deliverance. Does anybody know who this Hoyt Pollard guy is and what his claim to fame is? (I’m relatively certain Tim Burton would have gotten the right kid.) (The actual playing of Dueling Banjos was done by its composer, Eric Weissberg, who was the number one selling instrumentalist that year.)
Also: does anybody know if Redden (who is now literally the chief cook and bottle washer at the is really inbred? This has been rumored for 30 years but I’ve wondered if it’s true or just based on the fact that he was “ugly as homemade sin”. I understand that he and the other locals all had quite bad things to say about Burt Reynolds and other members of the production tea.
And also also, does anybody else think that Deliverance , while not awful, is one of the most critically overestimated movies of all time?