Sam Elliot has publicly apologized after comments about “The Power of the Dog” last month on an episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.
On Sunday, Sam Elliott addressed his recent comments that sparked backlash.
“First, don’t go do a podcast whose call letters are WTF,” he quipped.
“And in trying to tell the guy, the WTF guy [Maron], how I felt about the film, I wasn’t very articulate about it,” Elliott continued. “I didn’t articulate it very well. And I said some things that hurt people. And I feel terrible about that.”
He then apologized to the gay community, which “has been incredible to me my entire career — and I mean my entire career, from before I started when I was in this town. Friends on every level, in every job description, up until today with my agent, my dear friend. … And I’m sorry that I hurt any of those friends, and someone that I love. And anyone else by the words that I used.”
He added, “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 brilliant actors, all. And in particular Benedict Cumberbatch. I can only say that I’m sorry and I am. I am.”
Sam Elliot’s apology comes shortly after criticizing Campion’s take on the genre during his recent appearance on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.
“When you think about the number of amazing Westerns made in Spain by (director) Sergio Leone,” she explained to the outlet. “I consider myself a creator. I think he thinks of me as a woman or something lesser first, and I don’t appreciate that.”