Yellowstone 1883: Actor Sam Elliot criticizes The Power of the Dog for its depiction of the American West and calls the film”a “piece of s**t.”
1883’s actor Sam Elliot shares some harsh comments about Jane Campion’s depiction of the American West in The Power of the Dog. Elliot is most well-known for his performances in classic films like The Big Lebowski, Roadhouse, A Star Is Born and, the most recent 1883, which is a spinoff of the cult show Yellowstone. The show stars Elliot in the role of Shea Brennan, a Pinkerton agent who is tasked with leading the Dutton family on the Oregon Trail to find the last remnants of America’s undiscovered West.
The Power of the Dog also depicts a glimpse from the American West but set it was set in 1920s. The film is set in Montana The Netflix film tells the tale of a rough cattle rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is struggling to adjust to a new style of life after his brother returns home with an unmarried wife and her son. The film, being considered in the category of Best Picture at the Oscars and has been lauded for its compelling themes as well as the impressive performance of Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons as well as Kirsten Dunst.
In a new interview with WTF with Marc Maron (via IndieWire), Elliot has made no secret of his dislike of “The Power of the Dog and the way that it depicts his view of the American West. In addition , he called the film as a ” piece of sh*t,” Elliot criticizes The Power of the Dog for its shooting the film in New Zealand instead of in the USA and also takes issue with the film’s sexual subtexts. Elliot is also adamant that Campion who is being a New Zealand native, is not suited to tell an entirely American story.
Elliot also remembers watching an article from The Los Angeles Times discussing the various ways “The Power of the Dog is called”a Revisionist Western by some is an exploration of an ” evisceration of the American mythology.” Elliot was not happy with this and claimed that all the characters in the film are like dancers from Chippendales ” running around in chaps without shirt.” Elliot who has been in numerous Westerns during his entire career explains that he doesn’t believe Campion’s film represents the actual conditions in that time period.