Sam Elliott can make pretty much anything sound smooth as butter. He once even used his signature baritone to sing Lady Gaga. The singer’s lyrics and the actor’s signature voice make for a hilarious combination.
Stopping by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Elliott agreed to a strange request from the late-night host. After explaining how his voice dropped as he got older, Elliott agreed to narrate a couple of Lady Gaga’s hits for the late-night host. He read partial lyrics from “Born This Way,” “Poker Face,” and “Bad Romance” as well.
“Would you be willing to give Lady Gaga lyrics the Sam Elliott treatment? Just open up the taps and let the smooth come out,” Colbert said. The audience also egged the actor on.
Elliott appeared slightly embarrassed to read the lyrics. But he was a trooper and agreed to the reading. Dropping his southern drawl low, Elliott kicked off the lyric reading. (You can check out the video below. Elliott’s lyric reading starts towards the end of the interview.)
“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen, whether you’re broke or evergreen,” Elliott read as the audience cheered and laughed. “I won’t tell you that I love you, kiss or hug you, ’cause I’m bluffin’ with my muffin.”
Perhaps the funniest part of the video was when Elliott started singing lyrics from “Bad Romance.” The actor couldn’t help but laugh himself as he read the lyrics.
“Rah rah, ah ah ah. Ro ma, ro ma ma, Gaga, oh lala,” he said.
Sam Elliott Starred in ‘A Star Is Born’
Elliott and Lady Gaga of course share an on-screen connection. The actor was on the late talk show doing promotion for “A Star Is Born,” which co-starred the two. The film explored a waiter, who falls in love with a singer and finds fame and recognition herself.
In the film, Elliott plays the older brother to Bradley Cooper’s character. He has to deal with his brother’s drunken antics and addiction. Cooper also actually based his character’s own drawl and baritone on Elliott’s voice. He revealed he modeled aspects of the character’s sound on Elliott, which becomes apparent when the two are on-screen.
Of course, “A Star is Born” is only one film in Elliott’s vast catalog.