Francesco Scavullo / Cosmopolitan 1 / 9
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Bear skin rugs have never been the same since a naked Burt Reynolds perched himself atop one back in 1972. Over four decades later, the former heartthrob says he regrets posing for the racy photo.

During AOL's What To Watch session at SXSW, the actor admitted, "It was really stupid. I don't know what I was thinking. I really wish I hadn't done that."

The now-famous photograph made waves when it first came out in Cosmopolitan magazine in the early '70s. The eyebrow-raising issue sold 1.5 million copies of the magazine and helped cement both Cosmo and Reynolds' name in popular culture. The racy picture came out right as Reynolds' iconic film "Deliverance" hit theaters.

After the photo and the film came out, Reynolds was an international sex symbol.

In the sit-down, Reynolds revealed that he thinks he did the naked shoot because he didn't want people to think he was afraid to do it. The former "Evening Shade" actor said, "As long as it was only a certain amount of pubic hair showing, I was all for it, you know."

The icon also told the audience in Austin, Texas, that he had to be pretty liquored up before the big reveal.

Reynolds explained, "The only rules I had... I wanted a lot of drinks before. I have to be truthful, I was totally zonkered when I did the picture. That stupid smile, that's what it is you know."

The 80-year-old was at the hip Texas festival to promote his upcoming documentary "The Bandit." The doc follows his relationship with his friend and director Hal Needham during the filming of his iconic 1977 movie "Smokey And The Bandit."

Reynolds is currently facing health problems after years of doing stunts took a toll on his body. In December 2015, the actor told British TV host Jonathan Ross that he has some regrets now. "At certain times in the morning I regret it, trying to get out of bed. I can point to certain places and know it's from certain pictures," said the "The Cannonball Run" actor.

Despite walking with a cane, the octogenarian recently told myBeachPost.com that he's been having a blast doing press for his movie.

"It's wonderful. It's been the best time of my life," Reynolds told the publication at an appearance at the Palm Beach Film Festival earlier in March. Reynolds added, "Number one, I'm getting around with my cane, and there's so many people I'vee gotten to know."

We love that the cane-toting ladies man is still getting out there and mixing it up! Somebody get this guy a bear skin rug, stat!