Benedict Cumberbatch has replied to comments made by Sam Elliott The power of the dog a “piece of shit”.
the sherlock The actor plays Phil Burbank, an unpredictable cowboy struggling with his sexuality, in Jane Campion’s western drama.
Appears at Marc Maron WTF Podcast last week, Elliott said he takes the film’s portrayal of the American West as “damn personal.”
“They walk around in chaps and shirtless,” he said. “There’s all these references to homosexuality throughout the movie.”
Speaking at a Bafta Film event on Friday (March 4), Cumberbatch was asked about the importance of exploring a character like Phil and his toxic manhood on screen.
Alluding to Elliott’s comments, he added that he was “trying very hard not to say anything about a very strange reaction” that was made on a recent podcast.
“Without wanting to stir up the ashes of it… someone really took offense – I haven’t heard it, so it’s unfair for me to comment in detail – that the West is portrayed in this way,” he said (Per Digital Spy).
“These people still exist in our world. Whether it’s on our doorstep or whether it’s down the street or whether it’s someone we meet in a bar or pub or on the sports field, there’s aggression and anger and frustration and an inability to control or know who Who you are in that moment causes harm to that person and, as we know, harm to those around them.”
Cumberbatch added that “there’s no harm in looking at a character to get to the root of the issue.”
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“This is a very specific case of oppression,” he continued, “but also because of an intolerance of the true identity that Phil is, which he cannot be fully.”
“The more we look under the hood of toxic masculinity and try to uncover the root causes of it, the better chance we have of dealing with it when it occurs in our children.”
The power of the dog is one of the frontrunners at this year’s Academy Awards with 12 nominations.
You can read The Independent‘s four-star rating from The power of the dog Here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/benedict-cumberbatch-sam-elliott-power-of-the-dog-b2029944.html The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch Responds After Sam Elliott Called the Movie a ‘Piece of S***’