With burt reynolds, alexandra weaver, elesia marie, sarah goldberg. A sleazy hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing king lear in an amateur charity production in england. A bunch of amateurs is a 2008 british comedy film directed by andy cadiff, and stars burt reynolds, derek jacobi, alistair petrie and samantha bond. In november 2008, the premiere in leicester square was attended by elizabeth ii. The screenplay was written by nick newman, john ross, ian hislop and jonathan gershfield. If only burt had remembered his lines and hadnt spent so much on wigs. When we saw the giant idiot boards, we knew there was trouble. Arriving on the set of our small british movie a bunch of amateurs, we had been warned that. Washed-up hollywood star jefferson steel (burt reynolds) is deceived by his agent into playing king lear in an amateur community production in a small english town. With russell crowe, hank azaria, mary mccormack, burt reynolds.