Sam Elliott Apologizes for Controversial ‘Power of the Dog’ Comments

Sam Elliott

After Sam Elliott publicly criticized the Oscar-winning The Energy of the Canine, he has since issued an apology for his remarks.

“I advised the WTF podcaster that I believed Jane Campion was an excellent director, and I need to apologize to the solid of The Energy of the Canine, good actors all,” the A Star Is Born actor, 77, stated throughout Deadline’s Contenders TV occasion on Sunday, April 10. “And specifically: Benedict Cumberbatch, I can solely say that I’m sorry, and I’m. I’m.”

He continued: “I wasn’t very articulate about it. … And I stated some issues that harm individuals and I really feel horrible about that. The homosexual group has been unbelievable to me my complete profession. And I imply my complete profession, from earlier than I obtained began on this city. Mates on each stage and each job description up till right now. I’m sorry I harm any of these pals and somebody that I liked. And anybody else by the phrases that I used.”

The California native, who appeared at Sunday’s occasion together with his 1883 costars, famous that the 2021 movie “struck a chord with me.”

Elliott made headlines earlier this 12 months after he slammed the film’s illustration of cowboys.

“They’re operating round in chaps and no shirts. There’s all these allusions of homosexuality all through the film,” the Parks and Recreation alum stated through the February 28 episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, referring to the actors as Chippendale dancers who “put on bow ties and never a lot else” and calling the movie a “piece of s—t” as a complete.

Sam Elliott Slams the 'Allusions of Homosexuality' in ‘Power of the Dog’

Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee in ‘The Energy of the Canine’.

He additionally known as out the 67-year-old director’s option to movie the film in her native New Zealand and Cumberbatch’s main position as rancher Phil Burbank.

“Cumberbatch by no means obtained out of his f–king chaps. He had two pairs of chaps: a woolly pair and a leather-based pair,” Elliott stated through the podcast look, referring to the Physician Unusual actor, 45. “Each f–king time he would stroll in from someplace — he by no means was on a horse, perhaps as soon as — he’d stroll into the f–king home, storm up the f–king stairs, go lay in his mattress in his chaps, and play his banjo. It’s like, what the f–ok?”

The film, which earned 12 Oscar nominations and a directorial win for Campion, follows Phil Burbank in Twenties rural Montana as he teaches his brother’s new spouse and her son find out how to run the household farm. Kirsten DunstJesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee additionally star.

The movie’s solid and artistic time have since been outspoken in protection of the Western-inspired flick.

“Past that response, that form of denial that anyone may have some other than a heteronormative existence due to what they do for a residing or the place they’re born, there’s additionally an enormous intolerance throughout the world at massive in direction of homosexuality nonetheless and towards an acceptance of the opposite and something type of distinction,” the Sherlock alum stated throughout a March interview with BAFTA Movie Periods. “No extra so than on this prism of conformity of what’s anticipated of a person within the Western archetype mildew of masculinity. To deconstruct that by means of Phil, it’s not a historical past lesson.”

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