‘1883’ Star Sam Elliott Slams Oscar Nominated Western’s ‘Allusions To Homosexuality’

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Tombstone actor Sam Elliott has complaints that “piece of s–t” Oscar-nominated Netflix gay drama The Power of the Dog, was shot in New Zealand, but labeled as an American Western movie. 

On Monday’s episode of WTF With Mark Maron podcast, Elliott compared the cowboy’s portrayed in the film to Chippendales male review dancers.

“That’s what all these f—ing cowboys in that movie looked like. They’re all running around in chaps and no shirts, there’s all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the f—ing movie,” he remarked, before taking a shot at director Jane Campion. 

“She’s a brilliant director, I love her work… previous work, but what the f— does this woman from down there, New Zealand, know about the American West?” The 1883 star questioned. “And why the f— did she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana and say ‘this is the way it was?’ That f—ing rubbed me the wrong way, pal.” 

Elliott said it’s a myth that the West is only comprised of “macho men out there with the cattle,” and contends that it’s actually encompassed by “big, long, extended multi-generational families that made their living, and their lives were all about being cowboys.”

“And boy when I f—ing saw that [movie clip], I thought what the f–k,” The Ranch former patriarch continued. “Where are we in this world today? It’s not the biggest issue at hand, but for me it was the only issue because there was so much of it.”

The movie follows rancher Benedict Cumberbatch, who questions his sexuality, when his brother’s wife’s teenage son from her first marriage arrives at the farm.  

“I mean, Cumberbatch never got out of his f—ing chaps,” Elliott criticized. “He had two pairs of chaps, a wooly pair and a leather pair.” 

“Every f—in’ time he’d walk in from somewhere … he never was on a horse, maybe once, he’d walk into the f—ing house, storm up the f—ing stairs, go lay on his bed in his chaps and play his banjo. It was like, what the f—? What the f—? Where’s the Western in this Western?” He questioned. 

Elliott said he took it personal, as his career began with western, 1967’s The Way West, and appeared in countless others including The Hi-Lo Country, The Quick and the Dead, and The Yellow Rose.

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