Actor Sam Elliott once explained his thought process behind why he accepted the unique role of starring in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.
We all know and love Sam Elliott for his deep and soothing voice and his iconic mustache. Fans, of course, remember him thanks to some of his most famous roles including those in The Big Lebowski and The Ranch. That or you may recognize him as the voice of the “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner” ads.
Meanwhile, Elliott was also a star in a movie that was, perhaps, a little less mainstream. In The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, Elliot plays Calvin Barr, an old man living out his last days in a quiet town with his dog. But Barr is frequently thrown into flashbacks about his past service in World War II. His mission then was no small task — to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Later in the movie, as Barr goes about his everyday life, he is followed by a group of government agents. They tell him that life on Earth may be coming to an end thanks to a strange virus. The source of said virus? Bigfoot. Knowing that Barr was a highly skilled tracker, they task him with killing the Bigfoot.
Sam Elliott Sits Down for Interview at Fantasia Film Festival in 2018
So, what exactly did lead to Sam Elliott taking the lead role in such a unique film? He was already one of the coolest men in Hollywood beforehand. And after being cast to kill Hitler and the Bigfoot, there won’t be anyone who passes him in that category anytime soon.
“What goes through your head when you get this script with this title?” Elliott was asked during the 2018 Fantasia Film Festival. “This is a film where you get vomited on by Bigfoot. What was it about this that spoke to you?”
“All of those things,” Elliott laughed.
“You’ve been waiting for that script where you get vomited on by Bigfoot. I knew it!”
“More than anything, Calvin Barr spoke to me,” Elliott admitted. “I didn’t know much about that war he was in. I know men who were in that war and I’ve portrayed a guy who was in that war in all three major conflicts in ‘We Were Soldiers’. Talked to a number of people in that war, but my war was the Vietnam War. On some level, war is war, and PTSD is PTSD, and I think Calvin suffered from it. That was part of his persona, at least that was my take on it.”
Sam Elliott continued saying, “I understand lost love, and I think that can destroy a man more than anything if it was a deep love that is lost somehow. There was a lot I understood about Barr, and I like to think that I’m a decent human being, and I know at the core, Calvin Barr is a decent human being. There were a lot of things that spoke to me about him. Being vomited on by Bigfoot was not one of the things I knew about.”