Power of the Dog has turned out to be a fan favorite. However, Sam Elliot has revealed his harsh thoughts on the show. Here is all we know.
In a recent episode of the WTF podcast, actor Sam Elliott revealed that he “didn’t like” the Jane Campion-directed film Power of the Dog. In particular, Elliott took issue with what he perceived as allusions to homosexuality in the film.
He went on to say that he found it “odd” that there were so many cowboys running around in chaps and no shirts. However, Elliott conceded that it was likely to be an Oscar frontrunner despite his misgivings about the film.
The internet was quick to respond to Elliott’s on-air comments
Actor Seth Rogen tweeted, “Well, then I’m not watching Jane Campion’s new movie.” The film blogger Scott Mendelson expressed his disagreement with Elliott’s assertion that there is no difference between homosexual cowboys and the open disdain for homosexuality displayed by the film’s characters.
In reaction to this flurry of online activity regarding Elliott’s WTF podcast remarks, Elliott released the following statement: “I may have been a little hard on Jane Campion and Power of the Dog. It just goes to show you that no matter how old we get, we’re all still learning. I appreciate the discussion.”
The statement was written by Elliott himself, as he received credit for it in the IMDB entry for this week’s WTF podcast episode. The statement also included endorsements from actor Ray Romano and best-selling author Gay Talese.
Power of the Dog
Jane Campion directs the film Power of the Dog. It was written for the screen by John Curran and Larry Gross, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Don Winslow. Mark Ruffalo, Benicio Del Toro, Emile Hirsch, Laura Linney, and Elizabeth Moss. It is scheduled to be released on November 19th.
Sam Elliott Justification
All of this talk about “homosexuality” strikes me as rather odd (no pun intended). While most people know that this is supposed to be a derogatory term, I have never really experienced it negatively myself.
I have had so many positive experiences with gay people that I have a hard time thinking of these kinds of things as unfavorable. Yet it seems that the term “homosexual” means denigrating and marginalizing someone rather than an honest expression of their identity.