“The Power of the Dog” Director CLAPS BACK at Sam Elliott’s Criticism
Sam Elliott is putting his tail between his legs.
The 77-year-old actor has apologized for the controversial comments he made about the film The Power of the Dog on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast last month.
“I told the WTF podcaster that I thought Jane Campion was a brilliant director, and I want to apologize to the cast of The Power of the Dog, brilliant actors all,” he said on April 10 during Deadline‘s Contenders TV event. “And in particular Benedict Cumberbatch. I can only say that I’m sorry and I am. I am.”
In his a mea culpa, Elliot admitted he wasn’t “very articulate” in sharing his thoughts on the Western and feels “terrible” about how his comments were received, particularly with the gay community.
“I said some things that hurt people and I feel terrible about that,” he said. “The gay community has been incredible to me my entire career. And I mean my entire career, from before I got started in this town. Friends on every level and every job description up until today.”
He continued, “I’m sorry I hurt any of those friends and someone that I loved. And anyone else by the words that I used.”
During his March 1 interview on Maron’s podcast, Elliott called The Power of the Dog a “piece of s—t” and took issue with its director being from New Zealand.
“What the f–k does this woman from down there know about the American West?” he exclaimed,
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