When it comes to news, it's because he's announcing his retirement, earning an award nomination, or something else related to his acting career. However, over the past month, Elliott has found himself the target of widespread criticism because of remarks he made about the Oscar-nominated Western.
Elliott was re-enacted on in an episode he shared in late February. He described the film as 'a piece of s---,' described it as incorporating'allusions of homosexuality,' pointed out that the cowboy character "never got out of his (expletive) chaps, rarely was seen on a horse, and plummeted up the (expletive) stairs, to "go lay on his bed, and play his banjo."
Elliott, who is well known for his roles in Western television and movies, expressed skepticism about Jane Campion's knowledge of the American West in March, and said she shot the Montana-set film in New Zealand. In March, Campion was voted for the best director for 'The Power of the Dog,' which focuses on Cumberbatch's character, a rancher in the 1920s who was accused of repressing his homosexual identity.
Elliott explains the controversy he made in a recent appearance in Los Angeles. During a discussion with other "1883" cast members on Sunday, he said on the podcast that he "thought Jane Campion was a fantastic director."
"And I want to apologise to 'The Power of the Dog' cast,' Elliott said. "It is a testimony to Benedict Cumberbatch, which I can only say is sorry, and I am."
Elliott said on the podcast episode of "WTF With Marc Maron" that he accepted it personally when he saw "The Power of the Dog" as a "evisceration of the American myth."
Elliott attended the event on Sunday, saying, "The Power of the Dog" "struck a chord" with him. However, he said, "I wasn't very articulate about it; I didn't articulate it very well. And I said several things that hurt people, and I feel embarrassed about it."
Elliott said, "The gay community has provided me tremendous support throughout my entire career." I mean my entire career from when 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."
"I think it's really regretful and sad for him, because he has really hit the trifecta of misogyny and xenophobia and homophobia," says the podcast's first guest.
While Elliott's criticism of "The Power of the Dog" on the Maron podcast has put him under the media microscope, Portlanders may be more interested in some of the topics.
Elliott talked about being born in Sacramento and living there until he was able to get married with his parents to Portland when he was seven years old. In high school, he remembered members of the band that became The Kingsmen, who recorded the hit song, "Louie Louie."
Elliott said the family moved from Sacramento to Portland because his father, who worked in the predator and rodent control division of the Fish and Wildlife Service, was relocated to Portland.
Maron said he had recently arrived in Portland, stating, "It's a little dark now, and it's a little broken."
Ella said that hey, its pretty (expletive)-up right now.
"It never feels that safe up there," Maron said of Portland, saying, "I like it. Every time I've been up there, I've always thought there's a creeping darkness underneath the building."
Elliott said, "Stumptown, man."
When Maron lived in the Rose City, Elliott wondered what Portland meant.
Elliot said that when he was young he used to fish the Sacramento River. "It was (expletive) wonderful, man."
Maron said, So youre fishing in a larger stream, but the process was not terribly bleak.
Maron asked Elliiott if he still had a place in Portland, and the actor said he had his late mother's house, "It's the place I'grew up in." Elliott said he had stayed at the house while in Oregon to film Shea Brennan's last scene in "1883," when Brennan goes to the Oregon coast in a tribute to his late wife.
Elliott said that a long-time friend had provided a thorough house in the years since his mother died. "I'm relying on it until she passes away," Elliott said of the neighbor. "Then, I'm going to cut it loose."
Maron asked: "Really? I'll try to sell it? You're done?" Maron said.
Elliott said, "I'm done."
At this link, you may hear the whole interview.
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