- Sam Elliot spoke harshly about The Power of the Dog on podcast
- Elliot says he feels bad about his word choice at the time
- The actor apologizes to The Power of the Dog cast
Sam Elliot has come forward to express his regret for his remarks regarding Jane Campion's film The Power of the Dog. As Deadline shares, the actor was promoting his new series 1883 on Sunday when he addressed the derogatory comments he made on a podcast, extending a sincere apology for what he said.
Elliot says he "didn't articulate" his thoughts on film well
Elliot had used crass language to criticize numerous aspects of The Power of the Dog when he appeared on the podcast WTF back in March. His words garnered an equally harsh response from Campion, who went so far as to call him "a little bit of a b**ch". Star Benedict Cumberbatch also responded to Elliot's remarks, sharing how displeased he was, particularly with Elliot's critique of homosexuality in the film.
Now, Elliot has apologized to the film's cast and Cumberbatch "in particular" for his insensitive comments. I can only say that I’m sorry and I am. I am," he stated during the Deadline event. Elliot then went on to explain that he "didn’t articulate" his feelings towards the film adequately while speaking about it on the podcast, and "said some things that hurt people and I feel terrible about that."
Elliot also specifically addressed the impact his words had on the LGBTQ+ community. He mentioned how people who identify as part of that group have "been incredible to me my entire career," offering a profuse apology to those who were upset by his comments about homosexuality. "I'm sorry I hurt any of those friends and someone that I loved," he concluded.