Sam Elliott has apologized to Benedict Cumberbatch and the gay community over his comments about dog power

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The 2022 awards season is officially over, with the final statues being handed over to (controversial) Oscars. A die most famous movies of the year was that of Jane Campion The power of the dog, which got its wide spread on Netflix. And now actor Sam Elliott has apologized to Benedict Cumberbatch and the gay community following his controversial statements (expletive) on the drama.

Before the Oscars, A star is born actor Sam Elliott makes a scathing review of The power of the dog. Above all, he seemed to take umbrage at the way the West was portrayed on screen, including odd characters like Benedict Cumberbatch’s antagonist. There’s been a ton of backlash and speeches online, especially on the suggestion that there are no LGBTQ+ people in the West. Now Elliott has opened up about those infamous comments to Deadline. He opened up to give his opinion on WTF with Marc Maronsaying:

First off, don’t go do a podcast whose call letters are WTF This movie touched me. And trying to tell the guy, the WTF guy, how I felt about the movie, I wasn’t very articulate about it. I didn’t express it very well. And I said things that hurt people, and I feel bad about it.

And just like that, actor/podcast host Marc Maron will always be “The WTF Guy” in my mind. Sam Elliott was a guest on his hugely popular podcast, but it looks like he might regret signing up. That, and not properly expressing feelings about The power of the dog. Fortunately, he had the opportunity to respond to these viral comments. Later in the same interview, Elliott then apologized to the queer community for his infamous The power of the dog comments.

The gay community has been amazing to me throughout my career. And I mean my whole career – from before I started when I was in this town. Friends at all levels, and in all job descriptions until today with my agent, my dear friend, my agent for several years. And I’m sorry that I hurt any of those friends, and someone I loved, and anyone else with the words that I used.

Some people certainly took umbrage at the insinuation that the film’s queer story was not accurate, as he quoted “macho men” he knew from the West. But Sam Elliott addressed them head-on, posting what appears to be a genuine apology. The 77-year-old actor also spoke directly to Jane Campion and Benedict Cumberbatch, saying:

I also told this What The F podcaster that I thought Jane Campion was a brilliant director, and I want to apologize to the cast of The Power Of The Dog – all brilliant actors – and especially Benedict Cumberbatch . I can only say I’m sorry, and I am. I am.

Good, you have it now. Sam Elliott may have been in the movie business for decades, but he’s still able to look within and reflect on the power of his words. Elliott is someone who is passionate about westerns, but who has been able to see how filmmaker Jane CampionBenedict Cumberbatch and company were able to put their own spin on the iconic genre.

The power of the dog is streaming now on Netflix. Be sure to check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next cinematic experience.

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