Apparently I was wrong. Some weeks back I pointed out that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough (seen here) had perviously been known as “banjo boy” (seen here) from the movie Deliverance. I mean, c’mon, look at him.

Anyway, according to a recent Talk of the Town article sent to me by Rob, the real “banjo boy” is Billy Redden.

They finally found him in Dillard. Redden, who is now forty-seven, works ten-hour days as a cook and dishwasher at the nearby Cookie Jar Café, and he was hesitant at first about taking time off to appear in another film. For one thing, he had always regretted being the poster boy for “Deliverance”’s Gothic view of rural America. For another, he hadn’t enjoyed working with the film’s star, Burt Reynolds. “Burt didn’t want to say nothing to nobody,” Redden says now. “He wasn’t polite. And he made us look real bad—he said on television that all people in Rabun County do is watch cars go by and spit.”

I want to extend my hearfelt apologies to Mr. Redden for associating him with Mr. Scarborough. It probably won’t happen again.



Yeah. Like I would tell you....