'Piece of s**t': Sam Elliott SLAMS 'The Power of the Dog' for 'allusions to homosexuality'
The Western genre remains one of the most loved and watched genres that hold a special place in the hearts of Americans. So it's not a surprise that many shows and films revolve around it making for captivating watches.
One such Oscar-nominated movie is the highly praised 'The Power of the Dog' starring Marvel fame actor Benedict Cumberbatch. But while the world loved it, veteran actor Sam Elliott who stars in the 'Yellowstone' prequel '1883' had a starkly contrasting opinion about it. Elliott who has made a name for himself in the western world with works like 'Justified', 'The Quick and the Dead', 'You Know My Name' and multiple other projects bashed the acclaimed director of the movie for her vision. His weight as an actor, who has major experience in such settings, does carry importance but does that make it okay? Read on to know what he said.
Sam Elliott calls Oscar-nominated movie a 'piece of s**t'
The '1883' star went on a rant on the WTF podcast on Monday, February 28, and made his dislike for 'The Power of the Dog' very clear. Speaking with Marc Maron he referred to the Oscar-nominated film as a 'piece of s**t' and said that he took personal offense to its portrayal of the American West.
Elliott said his main problem was due to the implications that the main character Phil Burbank, played by English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, was a closeted gay man and that the movie over-critiqued the masculine image of the west. The veteran actor in reference to the clothing said, "They're all running around in chaps and no shirts," comparing them to Chippendales dancers.
Sam Elliott SLAMS director Jane Campion over 'allusions to homosexuality'
He further went on to say, "There's all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the f**king movie" adding that it was ruining his image of the cowboy as he was shooting '1883' and asked ''Where's the western in this western?'
Commenting on Jane Campion's direction of the movie, Elliott minced no words and said, "What the f**k does this woman from down there, New Zealand, know about the American west". He went on saying, "And why in the f**k does she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana and say, 'This is the way it was.' That f**king rubbed me the wrong way, pal."
Although he criticized her harshly, he did call Campion a 'brilliant' filmmaker and finished off by saying that he just did not agree with her direction in 'The Power of the Dog'.