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Sam Elliott Brands ‘The Power Of The Dog’ A “Piece Of S**t”




Actor Sam Elliott has branded the new Oscar-nominated western film The Power of the Dog a “piece of s**t”.

Speaking during an appearance on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast, Elliott supplied his opinion on a number of 2021 film releases.

When 1883 star was asked about the recent western picture, he responded: “You want to talk about that piece of s**t?”

Comparing the characters to Chippendales dancers, Elliott said, “That’s what all these f***ing cowboys in that movie looked like. They’re running around in chaps and no shirts. There’s all these allusions of homosexuality throughout the movie.”


He went on to question what the director, Jane Campion (born in New Zealand), knew about historical and western America.

“What the f*** does this woman from down there know about the American west?” he said. “Why the f*** did she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana? And say ‘this is the way it was’?”

The 77-year-old, who has starred in major westerns such as The Way West and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, also criticised the representation of cowboys and their lifestyles.


“I just came from Texas where I was hanging out with families – not men –  but families,” he said. “Big, long, extended, multiple-generation families that made their living and their lives were all about being cowboys. And boy, when I f***ing saw that, I thought, ‘What the f**k? Where are we in this world today?’”

The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, currently boasts a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Enjoying a limited theatrical release in November 2021, the film has secured twelve Oscar nominations and won three Golden Globes out of a possible seven nominations.

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