Sam Elliott is in the Dog house.
Oscar-nominated “Power of the Dog” Director Jane Campion didn’t mince words last week when she addressed the 77-year-old Western icon’s “sexist” criticism of her 12-time Oscar-nominated flick. the Oscar nomination for best director 2022 gave her rebuttal during an interview with Variety at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday night.
“I’m sorry, he was a bit of a BITCH,” Campion, 67, told the magazine ahead of the ceremony. “He’s not a cowboy; He is an actor.”
The “Bright Star” director, who won the BAFTA Sunday for Best Director for “Dog”. added: “The west is a mythical space and there is a lot of space on the range. I think it’s a bit sexist.”
Campion referred to it on Elliott’s controversial appearance on Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast” two weeks ago, in which he called her work a “piece of s-t”. The “Roadhouse” actor also likened the characters to Chippendales dancers “who wear bow ties and not much else.”
During his bizarre tirade, the “Tombstone” star singled out Campion, claiming that the New Zealand-born auteur filmmaker, while a “brilliant director,” was unfit to direct an early 20th-century Western set in Montana .
“I love her earlier work, but what the hell does this woman from down there, New Zealand, know about the American West?” Elliott went on to rant and criticize her decision to shoot the western in her motherland.
Campion wasn’t the only member of the “Dog” group to respond to Sam Elliott’s comments. In a much gentler clap back last week, Benedict Cumberbatch called the Ghost Rider actor’s comments “very strange”.
“Someone really took offense at the way the west was portrayed,” said Cumberbatch, 45, who received a 2022 Best Actor nomination for his role as sadistic, closed-off gay rancher Phil Burbank.
Adding that his character is important because “these people still exist in our world,” the “The Imitation Game” star explained, “If we’re going to understand what poisons men, what creates toxic masculinity, we have to look [under] the hood of characters like Phil Burbank to see what their fight is and why it’s there in the first place.”
“Whether it’s on our doorstep or if it’s down the street or if 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 you are in this moment harms that person and, as we know, harms those around them,” he added.
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