Sam Elliott Hates The Power of the Dog and its ‘Allusions of Homosexuality’

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The Power of the Dog, based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name, leads the 2022 Academy Awards with a total of 12 nominations. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a rancher who’s also a closeted gay man.

The critics are clearly fans of the film, but longtime Western film star Sam Elliott hates it deeply.

“You want to talk about that piece of shit?” Elliott said his podcast with Marc Maron.

“I looked at when I was down there in Texas doing 1883 and what really brought it home to me the other day when I said, ‘Do you want to fucking talk about it?’ There was a fucking full-page ad out in the LA Times and there was a review, not a review, but a clip, and it talked about the ‘evisceration of the American myth.’ And I thought, ‘What the fuck? What the fuck?’ This is the guy that’s done Westerns forever. The evisceration of the American west?”

Elliott says Cumberbatch and the other cowboys in the film remind him of Chippendales dancers.

“They made it look like — what are all those dancers that those guys in New York who wear bowties and not much else?

“That’s what all these fucking cowboys in that movie look like,” Elliott said. “They’re all running around in chaps and no shirts. There’s all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the fucking movie.”

And with that, Sam Elliott’s days in Hollywood are likely numbered. The Left will hate Elliott as much as he hates The Power of the Dog.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

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  1. Power of the Dog was actually pretty good although I understand Elliott’s point about a New Zealand director not being the best choice for making a film about the American West. I heard mixed things about 1883, that it focuses too much on the daughter and her relationship with a Native American, but then I read somewhere that the season ending was really good. So maybe I’ll give it a chance. I always liked Sam Elliott.

    • Definitely give it a watch. Her rushed relationship as you mentioned was a little odd, but that show has some incredible cinematography and great acting. It also really makes you stop and think about how brave all early pioneers were to risk their lives to trek across the country (and for some, across the Atlantic too) in search for freedom and opportunity. No cell phones, cars, or existing infrastructure in the event you are hurt or being chased down by bandits along the way. Just the wide open plains of the wild west. And to think that this time period really wasn’t that long ago relative to history.

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