Sam Elliott has publicly apologized for his review of the critically acclaimed Western film ‘The Power of the Dog’ after facing backlash for remarks many saw as homophobic.
The Hollywood veteran made headlines last month after he said Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film was a ‘bit of shit’ and not a proper western during an interview on the ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ podcast. .
On Sunday, Elliott addressed the controversy during a panel hosted by Deadline to promote the ‘Yellowstone’ prequel series ‘1883,’ saying he felt ‘terrible’ about how his comments were received, and complained. apologized to the director and the cast.
“I wasn’t very articulate about it. I didn’t express it very well,” he said at the event. “And I said things that hurt people and I feel bad about it.”
Elliott – whose prolific acting career includes performances in numerous western-themed films including ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ and ‘Tombstone’ – went on to acknowledge that the gay community had been “incredible for him during his career.
“I mean my whole career, from before I started when I was in this city. Friends at all levels and in all job descriptions to this day,” he added. “I’m sorry for hurting one of these friends and someone I loved. And anyone else by the words I used.
Elliott noted that he praised Jane Campion as a “brilliant director” during the appearance of “WTF with Marc Maron”.
“I can only say I’m sorry, and I am,” he added.
Set in 1920s Montana and based on Thomas Savage’s novel of the same name, “The Power of the Dog” follows the strained and strained relationship between closed-in rancher Phil Burbank and his brother George, played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons. It also stars Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
The film received 12 2022 Oscar nominations and won Campion the Best Director Oscar last month.
Elliott had expressed his disdain during the “WTF” podcast, telling host Marc Maron that he was unimpressed with the film’s “hints of homosexuality.”
“You mean that piece of shit?” he said. “That’s what all those fucking cowboys looked like in that movie. They’re all running around in leggings and shirtless, there’s all these hints of homosexuality throughout the f**king movie.
Elliott’s comments came under intense scrutiny following the release of the “WTF” episode, with Cumberbatch calling the criticism “very strange”.
Campion, who also won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 1994’s ‘The Piano’, previously reacted to Elliott’s criticism, telling Deadline, “I think it’s really unfortunate and sad for him because that he really hit the trifecta of misogyny and xenophobia and homophobia. I don’t like that. I think he was a bit of a bitch. Besides, he’s not a cowboy, he’s ‘is an actor.
CNN has reached out to Campion’s representatives for comment.