After Sam Elliot made headlines for his controversial comments about the Oscar nominee The power of the dogthe film’s creative team quickly comes to the defense of the project.
“I’m sorry, he was a bit of a SLUT”, director Jeanne Campion Recount Variety Saturday March 12. “I’m sorry to say this but he’s not a cowboy, he’s an actor.”
Campion, who scooped the impressive Theatrical Feature Award at Saturday’s DGA Awards, told the outlet: ‘The West is a mythical space and there’s plenty of room on the lineup. I think that’s a bit sexist because think of how many amazing westerns Sergio Leone has directed.
the The star is born The 77-year-old actor previously criticized the film’s portrayal of cowboys last month.
“They run around in leggings and shirtless. There are all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the movie,” Elliott said during the February 28 episode of Marc MaronThe “WTF” podcast, calling the actors Chippendale dancers who “wear bow ties and not much else” and the film a “piece of shit” as a whole.
“[Benedict] Cumberbatch never came out of his f-king chaps. He had two pairs of leggings: a wool pair and a leather pair,” Elliott said on the podcast appearance, referring to the strange doctor 45-year-old actor, who played one of the main roles in the film. “Every fuckin’ time he came from somewhere – he’d never ridden a horse, maybe once – he’d come into the fuckin’ house, climbed the fuckin’ stairs, went to lay in his bed in his leggings, and playing his banjo. It’s like, what the fuck is that?”
The film, which has since earned 12 Oscar nominations, follows rancher Phil Burbank (Cumberbatch) in rural 1920s Montana as he teaches his brother’s new wife and son how to run the family farm. Kirsten Dunst, jesse plemons and Kodi Smit McPhee also star.
the Parks and recreation alum was also upset that Campion, 67, chose to shoot the Western-inspired film in her native New Zealand instead of her Montana set.
“What the fuck does that woman over there know about the American West?” Elliott told the 58-year-old host, noting that he thought Campion’s previous work was brilliant. “Why the hell did she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana? And to say that it was like that? This fucking king rubbed me the wrong way.
the Shining star filmmaker, who is in the running for best director at the 2022 Oscars, isn’t the only one power of the dog member of the creative team to defend the merit of the film. Plemons, who played George Burbank in the film, revealed he “laughed” after Elliott’s remarks made headlines.
“I do not know why [I laughed],” the Bargain actor, 33, told Variety Saturday. “I didn’t listen [Elliott’s podcast interview] so I heard it from what people told me. I know there are innuendos in what he said, but I also feel like you don’t have to like the movie and that’s fine. Not everyone must like this.
Scroll below to see how the power of the dog The cast and creative team defended their film amid criticism: