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Sam Elliott Apologizes to Benedict Cumberbatch and 'Power of the Dog' Cast

Sam Elliott Apologizes to Benedict Cumberbatch and 'Power of the Dog' Cast

Sam Elliottis expressing his regrets over the controversial comments he made about Jane Campion's film, "The Power of the Dog."

The "A Star Is Born" actor said he wanted to "apologize" to the cast of "The Power of the Dog" during his talk at Deadline's Contenders TV event.

"And, in particular, Benedict Cumberbatch. I can only say that I'm sorry, and I am. I am," he shared.

Cumberbatch previously called Elliott's comments "very odd," criticizing the

"Denial that anybody could have anything other than a heteronormative existence because of what they do for a living or where they're born."

Director Jane Campion also responded to his comments by saying,

"I think it's really unfortunate and sad for him because he's really hit the trifecta of misogyny and xenophobia and homophobia," she told Deadline last month. "I don't like that. I think he was being a little bit of a b-i-t-c-h. Plus, he's not a cowboy. He's an actor."

While promoting his Paramount+ western show "1883," Elliott, 77, began his public apology to the cast by warning the audience, "First, don't do a podcast with the call letters WTF" (as in, WTF with Marc Maron).

"I wasn't very articulate about it; I didn't articulate it very well," he explained. "And I said some things that hurt people, and I feel terrible about that."
"The gay community has been incredible to me my entire career. And I mean my entire career, from before I got started in this town. Friends on every level and every job description up until today. I'm sorry I hurt any of those friends and someone that I loved. And anyone else by the words that I used," Elliott continued.

Last month, Elliott discussed the Oscar-winning film Campion wrote and directed during his Marc Maron's podcast appearance.

Likening the look of the "cowboys" in the film to Chippendales dancers, Elliott, who has appeared in many Western-set films and television series, said,

"They're all running around in chaps and no shirts. There's all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the f***ing movie."

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