‘Piece of s**t’: Actor Sam Elliott sparks firestorm with brutally blunt take on ‘Power of the Dog’

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Actor Sam Elliott appeared on Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast” and was brutally blunt when asked about Jane Campion’s Best Picture nominee “The Power of the Dog,” comparing the movie’s dancers to “those guys in New York who wear bowties and not much else,” referring to Chippendales.

In an expletive riddled interview, Elliott cut to the chase when asked about the movie during the podcast.

“You want to talk about that piece of sh*t?” Elliott asked.

“You didn’t like that one?” Maron replied.

“F**k no. Why? I’ll tell you why I didn’t like it anyway,” Elliott replied.

“I looked at when I was down there in Texas doing ‘1883’ and what really brought it home to me the other day when I said, ‘Do you want to f**king talk about it?’ There was a f**king full-page ad out in the LA Times and there was a review, not a review, but a clip, and it talked about the ‘evisceration of the American myth.’ And I thought, ‘What the f**k? What the f**k?’ This is the guy that’s done westerns forever,” Elliott continued. “The evisceration of the American West? They made it look like — what are all those dancers that those guys in New York who wear bowties and not much else. Remember them from back in the day?”

“That’s what all these f**king cowboys in that movie look like,” Elliott asserted referring to star Benedict Cumberbatch. “They’re all running around in chaps and no shirts. There’s all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the f**king movie.”

“I think that’s what the movie’s about,” Maron noted. In the movie, Cumberbatch’s character is a closeted gay man.

“I mean, Cumberbatch never got out of his f**king chaps,” Elliot commented. “He had two pairs of chaps: a woolly pair and a leather pair. And every f**king time he would walk in from somewhere — he never was on a horse, maybe once — he’d walk into the f**king house, storm up the f**king stairs, go lay in his bed in his chaps, and play his banjo. It’s like, what the f**k?”

Elliott went on to accuse Campion, a native of New Zealand, of being out of her element when it comes to westerns.

“What the f**k does this woman — she’s a brilliant director by the way, I love her work, previous work — but what the f**k does this woman from down there, New Zealand, know about the American West? 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,” he heatedly remarked.

“The myth is that they were these macho men out there with the cattle. I just come from f**king Texas where I was hanging out with families, not men, families, big, long, extended, multiple-generation families…” he claimed.

Elliott is an incredible actor and has done numerous westerns including “Tombstone.” He recently finished Paramount+’s acclaimed “Yellowstone” prequel “1883.”

The Netflix movie “The Power of the Dog” has been nominated for 12 Oscars, including best picture, best director, and best actor for Cumberbatch, according to Business Insider.

Elliott has a lot of fans out there who agree with him:


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