Faith Hill Defends Her ‘1883’ Co-Star Sam Elliott After His Apology for ‘The Power of the Dog’ Comments

by Caitlin Berard
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After The Power of the Dog hit Netflix last month, Marc Maron asked 1883 star Sam Elliott to be a guest on his WTF With Marc Maron podcast. During the episode, Maron asked Sam Elliott how he felt about the new western drama. Rather than the even-keeled response you might expect, he launched into a jarringly harsh review of the film.

In this year’s Deadline Contenders, 1883 panel interviewers asked Elliott about the scathing review. Rather than doubling down on the comments of last month, Sam Elliott gave a sincere apology in front of 1883 co-stars Faith Hill and LaMonica Garrett, as well as the entire audience.

The interviewer expressed shock in the 1883 star’s initial review of The Power of the Dog. He called the comments “far afield” from the person he knows Sam Elliott to be. Following Sam Elliott’s heartfelt apology for his comments on the WTF podcast, his 1883 co-star Faith Hill agreed with the interviewer. In her eyes, Sam Elliott’s character is about as good as it gets.

“Sam, on set, anytime…if he says something to anyone that may have been taken offensively, which, to us, most people would never think it would be offensive…he would always, didn’t matter who it was, go over himself and sit down and apologize. Whatever, stepped on a toe, knocked off a hat, whatever. I’m just saying, the guy has amazing character.”

1883 star LaMonica Garrett chimed in as well, shouting, “We love you, Sam!!” Faith Hill responded to the gesture in kind, exclaiming, “We love Sam!” to cheers and applause from both the Deadline interviewers and the audience.

‘1883’ Star Sam Elliott Apologizes to ‘Power of the Dog’ Director and Crew

After hearing Sam Elliott’s hurtful review of her movie, The Power of the Dog director, Jane Campion, offered the 1883 star some choice words of her own. In an interview with Variety, Campion said, “I’m sorry, he was being a little bit of a B-I-T-C-H. He’s not a cowboy; he’s an actor. The West is a mythic space and there’s a lot of room on the range. I think it’s a little bit sexist.”

Crushed by the thought that he hurt the director and cast of The Power of the Dog with his comments, Sam Elliott offered an apology to everyone involved. “I also told this WTF podcaster that I thought Jane Campion was a brilliant director,” Elliott said. “I want to apologize to the cast of The Power of the Dog. Brilliant actors, all. And, in particular, Benedict Cumberbatch.”