Benedict Cumberbatch refutes Sam Elliott’s criticism of ‘The Power of the Dog’
Oscar-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch exploded over Sam Elliott’s cruel remarks on ‘The Power of the Dog’. Do you know what Sam Elliott just said about this movie? Phew, he called it a “piece of shit”. A star is born The actor didn’t stop there, he continued to criticize our favorite Sherlock star’s film.
What did Elliott say?
Sam Elliott is a veteran actor known for his sonorous, resonant voice. Oh yeah, thick mustache too. He has received several accolades, including a National Board of Review Award.
Elliott has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Sam Elliott began his acting career in 1967 with The West Way and recently played Shae Brennon in the Paramount+ miniseries 1883 (2022). He has made over 53 films to date.
Elliott recently appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and revealed how seriously he takes “The Power of the Dog’s” portrayal of the American West. He said, “I took it f****** seriously”, and added:
“That’s what all those fucking cowboys looked like in that movie, ‘They’re running around in leggings and shirtless. There’s all these hints of homosexuality throughout the movie. He compared the film’s depiction of a cowboy to Chippendale dancers.
Well, if you don’t know who the Chippendale dancers are, let me enlighten you. They are a funky dance troupe that is best known for their striptease performances. Looks like Elliott overdid it a bit. I’m sure Benoit is not a personal target and it’s just his opinions.
Benedict’s recent film, The Power of the Dog, is a Western psychological drama. It is based on the 1967 novel, The Power of the Dog, written by Thomas Savage. Rural Otago, New Zealand is where filming took place. It covers themes like love, heartbreak, resentment, jealousy and sexuality.
Benedict plays the character of Phil, who plays the cattle rancher and eventually falls in love with the son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) of a widow (Kirsten Dunst). Phil struggles with his sexuality at a time when homosexuality is still taboo.
This is not the first time that Benoît has played such a role. He also played a similar role as Turing in Imitation Game. It was the time when Turing was not credited for his marvelous work. He was persecuted for homosexuality, which was a crime in 1952.
Benedict appeared at a Bafta Film event on March 4, 2022. He was asked about the importance of a character like Phil in ‘The Power of the Dog’. Additionally, he was asked how he managed to portray Phil’s toxic masculinity.
Cumberbatch said he tried hard not to say anything about such a strange reaction on this radio podcast, and said:
“Someone took offense – I didn’t hear it, so it’s unfair for me to comment on it in detail – that the West is portrayed in this way.” “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 is aggression, anger and frustration and an inability to control or know who you are at the time causes damage to that person and, as we know, damage to those around them.
Well, Ben’s statement reflects that he took Elliott’s offense very seriously, but I don’t think Sam Elliott commented on anything about Ben per se. I think he just wanted to make fun of the Chippendale dancers.
But then again, if you have a problem with homosexuality, Elliott, you have to move on!
Do you know that Benedict’s parents wanted him to become a lawyer? They sent him to Brambletye School (in West Sussex) and Harrow (in North West London). However, he had other plans. He starred in a school production of Shakespeare Dream of a summer night playing the fairy queen Titania. From that moment, Benoît could no longer stay away from the stage.
Benedict has starred in international film roles alongside Scarlett Johnson, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. He only became known to international audiences when he played the iconic master detective Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series. Sherlock.
Rest is history. Benedict is in demand and has conquered Hollywood. And yes, he’s still loyal to the theater, and that’s why I love him even more. FYI, he earned $7.5 million for Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness plus box office bonus.
There’s no doubt that the Oscar-winning actor is extremely versatile. I remember his film “The Imitation Game”. Benoît played the epic role of “Alan Turing”. The clever mathematician who cracked the codes had his share of misery.
Benedict has played versatile characters like Sherlock and Doctor Strange and people love him. He surely managed to portray a vulnerable role like Phil in Power of the Dog. The film, however, is a bit slow and our expectations are higher from an actor like him.
Nevertheless, I think the film serves its purpose and Sam Elliott had to express his point of view given his growing age. So Benoît doesn’t take it personally, but congratulations on your answer. There are such people out there who still speak low.
What do you think of this incident?