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

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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.”

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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.

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“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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