Sam Elliot Has Apologized For His Controversial Comments About The Power Of The Dog

In March, American actor Sam Elliot apologized for contentious remarks he made regarding filmmaker Jane Campion’s film The Power of the Dog. During his discussion at Deadline’s Contenders Television event on April 10, the 77-year-old celebrity said he wanted to “apologize to the cast of the film,” particularly to lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch:

“All I can say is that I’m sorry, and I am. Yes, I am.”

Sam Elliot began his public apology to the crew of The Power of the Dog while promoting his Paramount+ drama series, 1883, by warning the audience:

“First and foremost, do not create a podcast with the initials WTF. I wasn’t very eloquent about it; I wasn’t very articulate about it. And I said certain things that were hurtful to individuals, and I’m sorry.”

He then acknowledged his career’s success to the LGBTQIA+ community:

“My whole career, the homosexual community has been amazing to me. And I mean my whole career, dating back to before I moved to this place. Until now, I’ve had friends at every level and in every job description. I’m sorry if I offended any of those friends or someone I cared about. And everyone else who was influenced by the language I used.”

What did Sam Elliot say about Jane Campion’s new film?

Sam Elliott addressed the Oscar-winning picture (which 67-year-old Campion wrote and directed) on Marc Maron’s show in March 2021. Elliott, who has appeared in several Western films and television programs, compared the appearance of the “cowboys” in the film to Chippendales dancers.

Sam Elliot

“They’re all dressed in chaps and no shirts. Throughout the f**king film, there are several references to homos**uality.”

The host responded as follows:

“I believe that’s what the movie is about.”

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays a grizzled cattle rancher who is attracted to the son of a widow, played by Kirsten Dunst, who has just arrived to his ranch in The Power of the Dog. In an age and society that emphasizes fixed gender norms and expectations, Cumberbatch’s character fights with his sexuality.

The Oscar nominee also attacked Campion’s choice of setting for the film:

“And why in the f**k does she shoot this film in New Zealand, label it Montana, and say, ‘This is how it was?’”

According to Elliott, the shooting location “rubbed [him] the wrong way,” as did the “myth” of “these macho dudes out there with the cattle.”

“I recently got back from f**king Texas, where I spent time with families — not guys, but families. Families that are large, lengthy, and extensive, with several generations.”

Sam Elliot

While speaking to Deadline, Jane Campion replied to Elliott’s inflammatory statements, saying it is extremely unfortunate that he touched the “trifecta” of homophobia, sexism, and xenophobia. She called him a b*tch and added that he is an actress, not a cowboy.

In Sam Elliot’s series, he portrays Shea Brennan, a fierce Civil War warrior who leads the Dutton Family and a gang of European immigrants over the border in 1883.

Sam Elliot will also be nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Actor category, while 1883 will compete in the Limited Series category due to the drama’s cancellation for a second season.

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