Macy Whitener ’13 lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she works for immersive media and production companies Mandt Media, The Whitener Company and Whitener Entertainment Group. The latter produced the new film, “The Last Movie Star,” starring Burt Reynolds who plays Vic Edwards–a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. In the picture that hits close to home for Reynolds (now in his 80s), Edwards grudgingly accepts an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville.
Unbeknownst to her family, Whitener auditioned for a part in the film, and a few days later, got a call from director Adam Rifkin who offered her a small role as an airline ticket agent. The Furman Spanish major said her debut bit with Reynolds was the most fun she had in 2016, and hopes she’ll have other acting opportunities. She’s now getting ready for the red carpet opening event March 22 at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre. The film hits theaters across the United States March 30. Reynolds talks about the film with Hoda Kotb on NBC’s “Today.”