Oscar Favorite “Power of the Dog”: Sam Elliott Complains About Netflix Western

Oscar Favorite "Power of the Dog": Sam Elliott Complains About Netflix Western

Somebody’s cowboy hat is weird…

American actor Sam Elliott (77) is a Western legend, no question. In his 50-year career, he played cowboys in films such as “Tombstone” and “The Big Lebowski.”

He loves and lives in the genre, but his current comments on the Netflix western and Oscar favorite “The Power of the Dog” aren’t exactly collegial.


1979: Sam Elliott (right) in “The Sackets” with Tom Selleck Photo: Getty Images

The Western drama starring Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards and is celebrated around the world.

Sam Elliot sees it a little differently…

For one, he has a problem with location, as he explains in the podcast “WTF with Mark Maron.”

“Why is she shooting this movie in New Zealand and calling it Montana?” She marvels at the choice of director Jane Campion.

She’s “a brilliant director by the way, I love her work, her previous work. But what does that woman down there, New Zealand, know about the American Wild West?” wonders Elliot.

But Elliot clearly has a major problem with the men in the film. Apparently they’re not manly enough for her…

The scenes involving shirtless cowboys may have reminded him of the Chippendale dancers. To him, Elliott says, the film is “a piece of crap.”

Sometimes silence is golden too…

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