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 CafÃ©, 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 â€œDeliveranceâ€â€™s Gothic view of rural America. For another, he hadnâ€™t enjoyed working with the filmâ€™s star, Burt Reynolds. â€œBurt didnâ€™t want to say nothing to nobody,â€ Redden says now. â€œHe wasnâ€™t polite. And he made us look real badâ€”he said on television that all people in Rabun County do is watch cars go by and spit.â€
I want to extend my hearfelt apologies to Mr. Redden for associating him with Mr. Scarborough. It probably won’t happen again.