Tribeca Film Festival

Burt Reynolds steps out for rare public appearance at Tribeca Film Festival

  • Robert De Niro, from left, Burt Reynolds and Chevy Chase attend the screening of "Dog Years," during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at Cinepolis Chelsea on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

    Robert De Niro, from left, Burt Reynolds and Chevy Chase attend the screening of "Dog Years," during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at Cinepolis Chelsea on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Burt Reynolds attends the screening of "Dog Years," during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at Cinepolis Chelsea on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

    Burt Reynolds attends the screening of "Dog Years," during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at Cinepolis Chelsea on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)  (The Associated Press)

Burt Reynolds turned up at the Tribeca Film Festival, making a rare public appearance and struggling to walk at times.

Robert De Niro was seen assisting 81-year-old Reynolds onto the red carpet for the premiere of his new movie "Dog Years" Saturday night in New York. 

Reynolds was given a chair on the red carpet, so that he could speak to a limited number of press outlets about the film.

He said he was overjoyed by the turnout.

"Great to see Mr. De Niro, who I love, and ... you know, all the people that I know," Reynolds said. "It's very sweet."

In the film, which is still shopping for distribution, Reynolds portrays an aging movie star who realizes his best days are behind him. The actor sees similarities in the character with his own life.

Reynolds laughed at the obvious parallel with his own life, though he said, "I guess I'm doing all right. I think because it's a hell of a turnout."

Written and directed by Adam Rifkin, the film also stars "Modern Family's" Ariel Winter, Chevy Chase and Nikki Blonsky.

Reynolds joked about working with younger co-stars.

"You don't learn from young actors," Reynolds said. "You just tell them how to behave."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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