“I said things that hurt people. I feel bad about it.”
At the beginning of March, when The Power of the Dogof Jane Campionwas the favorite for the Oscars (it’s finally CODA who won the best picture statuette), the actor Sam Elliott was taking it violently to the director’s western New Zealander. “Damn! But what does this woman from all over there know about the American West?”got carried away the comedian of 77 years, known in particular for having played in 1883the spin-off of Yellowstonein which he embodies an old-fashioned cowboy, in full conquest of the West. “Chippendales! That’s what all those fucking cowboys looked like in that movie!, he continued at the microphone of WTFMarc Maron’s podcast. They run in chaps (leggings, editor’s note) and shirtless. There are all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the film… Where is the western in this western? No, but frankly, Benedict Cumberbatch never takes off his fucking leggings. He has two pairs: a wool pair and a leather pair. And he never rides a horse. Maybe one time… He walks into that fucking house, climbs those fucking stairs, and goes to lay in bed with his leggings on and play the banjo. No but seriously, what the fuck?
Words that Benedict Cumberbatch and Jane Campion have been openly critical, notably condemning the actor’s homophobic musings. “I find this unwelcome and sad on his part, because it proves his misogyny, his xenophobia and his homophobia, commented the filmmaker. I do not like it. I think he’s done his bitch a bit Besides, he’s not a cowboy, he’s an actor…”
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Sam Elliott himself returned to it during Contenders TVa broadcast of Deadlineto apologize :“I said during this podcast that Jane Campion was a brilliant director, and I want to apologize to the cast of The Power of the Dog. They are all great. Especially Benedict Cumberbatch. I can only say that I’m sorry. I’m. I didn’t know how to articulate my thinking, I spoke about it badly. I said things that hurt people and I feel bad about it. The queer community has always been amazing to me throughout my career. I’m talking about my whole career, from the beginning. Friends close to me at all levels and in different jobs. I’m sorry for hurting these friends, these people I love. And all those who have been because of my words.”
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