Actor Sam Elliott has apologized after being slammed by a slur against the film “The Power of the Dog” in February, with the actor admitting on Sunday that the words he said hurt people in the gay community and he feels That’s “terrible” about him.
“All I can say is I’m sorry, and I am,” he said in a panel discussion hosted by Deadline.
Elliot was speaking on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast when he repeatedly slammed the American Western film starring Benedict Cumberbatch on the grounds that it was not filmed in the US and contained “hints to homosexuality”.
“I wasn’t very clear about it,” he said of his word choices. “I didn’t articulate it very well and I said some things that hurt people and I feel really bad about it. The gay community has been incredible throughout my career, and I mean my entire career, before I even started. ,
The 77-year-old, who is currently starring in Paramount+’s “Yellowstone” prequel “1883,” shared that his agent is among those hurt by his words.
“I’m sorry I hurt friends and someone I loved. And someone else with the words I used,” he said, offering an apology to the film’s cast as well.
Elliott called the film a “piece of crap” on February 28 and compared the characters to Western Chippendale strippers.
“They are all running around without shirts. These are all nods to homosexuality in the fucking movie,” he said, to which Maron reminded him “that’s what the movie is about.”
Elliott also took issue with the film’s New Zealand director, Jane Campion. Though he called him “brilliant”, he questioned the right to shoot such a film.
“What does this woman know about the American West from the bottom up? Why did she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana? And say it was like that? That fucking rubbed me the wrong way, dude,” he said.
Campion reminded in a later interview with Variety that Elliot “isn’t a cowboy, he’s an actor.”
“The West is a mythical place and there’s a lot of space on the border. … I think it’s a little bit sexist,” she said.