Sam Elliott Apologizes for His Comments About The Power of the Dog

Actor Sam Elliott has apologized for the negative comments he made about The Power of the Dog, admitting he wasn’t "very articulate" when sharing his thoughts on the film.

By Ashley Joy Parker Apr 11, 2022 12:01 AMTags
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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."

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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.


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"What the f--k does this woman from down there know about the American West?" he exclaimed, referring to Campion. "And why in the f--k did 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."

The 1883 star also made comments that many deemed homophobic about the characters in the film, saying they looked "more like Chippendales dancers than cowboys."

"They're running around in chaps and no shirts," he complained. "There's all these allusions of homosexuality throughout the f--king movie. I mean, Cumberbatch never got out of his f--king chaps."

Following the podcast, Cumberbatch called the Elliott's criticism "very odd," while Campion—who went on to win Best Director at the 2022 Oscars—had a stronger reaction.

"I'm sorry, he was being a little bit of a B-I-T-C-H," she said of Elliott, spelling out the final word, at the DGA Awards on March 12. "I'm sorry to say it but he's not a cowboy, he's an actor."


She echoed similar comments to Deadline saying Elliott's remarks "hit the trifecta of misogyny and xenophobia and homophobia."

As for Elliot, it seems he may have learned his lesson. During his April 10 apology, he offered up some semi-serious advice, telling the audience, "Don't do a podcast with the call letters WTF."

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