Sam Elliott Revealed Why He’s Always Been ‘Intrigued’ by Bigfoot, Won’t Rule Out if It’s Real

by Jennifer Shea

Actor Sam Elliott starred in “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot,” a movie in which his character is tasked with hunting down Bigfoot. And Elliott was a good fit for the role, because he happens to entertain the possibility of Bigfoot existing himself.

In an interview with GQ magazine, Elliott discussed his feelings on Bigfoot and said it stands out to him among other so-called myths or theories, like Roswell and UFOs.

“Oh, I think this Bigfoot thing always intrigued me as well,” Elliott said. “I spent a lot of time growing up in Oregon after I left California. Spent a lot of time in the woods. Talked to a lot of people who believed in it, went to towns where there are Bigfoot statues.”

“It’s a great tale,” he added. “It’s never been disproven, and as far as I’m concerned, why not?”

Sam Elliott Says Some Moments in Movie Were Improvised

As Elliott’s interviewer pointed out, the movie had its share of tragedy. Elliott’s character has to destroy an iconic piece of American folklore. And Elliott said some of the most powerful moments in the film grew organically out of serendipities that weren’t in the script.

“That moment on the rock where I end up touching Bigfoot’s hand, then break down crying, that wasn’t in the script,” Elliott said. “It was just something that ended up happening in the moment. It ended up being a powerful beat there.”

Of course, right after that comes a scene in which Bigfoot throws up all over Elliott’s character. There’s a limit to how much gripping emotion audiences can take without a little comic relief.

Film Garnered Positive Reviews

The plot of “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot” goes something like this: Calvin Barr (Elliott) is a veteran who was part of a covert operation to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Years later, he hears from the military again. This time they want him to hunt down Bigfoot, who carries a deadly plague that could wipe out humanity.

The B-movie earned mostly positive reviews from critics. The Financial Times credited “Elliott’s rugged sincerity” with making the movie work. The Chicago Sun-Times called it “strange and original and at times surprisingly lovely.” Empire Magazine said the movie was “held together by the gravitas and class of Sam Elliott.”

The film obviously requires a certain suspension of disbelief. But many people continue to believe in Bigfoot in real life, lack of hard evidence notwithstanding.