Sam Elliott wasn’t thrilled with his first viewing of A Star Is Born.
The Western star revealed to Vanity Fair that he first saw the first draft of the film at his co-star Bradley Cooper’s home.
When asked if anything surprised him about the cut, he said, “Yeah, I wondered where the f–k the movie was.” It wasn’t until viewing a later draft the second time that he enjoyed it.
“Then I saw it again and the love relationship was then pretty well fleshed out, but there was no supporting cast there,” he explained. “So I figured, well, this is one of those films where it was a great experience but I’m not going to survive it.”
Going into the project there were a lot of unknowns. He never met any of his co-stars or crew before production began. But when he met Cooper, they “connected immediately.”
“We had dinner and we talked about family, we talked about our moms,” Sam Elliott shared. “We talked about a lot of stuff and he told me about this vision that he had. The last thing he told me was, ‘Hey, trust me. You won’t be sorry.'”
Cooper won him over and he obviously took the role after taking what he said to heart. The reason that he took it was because he believed what he was saying and trusted him.
“The reason being that out of trust comes the truth. If you trust somebody, odds are you are going to get the truth. And I think he did that. There is no bulls–t. There is nothing in the film that doesn’t ring true.”
Sam Elliott’s Father’s Reaction to His Career
Elliott revealed to The Off Camera Show that his father wasn’t pleased with his choice of careers. In fact, he disapproved of his passion.
“My dad died thinking I was a total idiot for wanting to be an actor. He said, ‘You’ve got a snowball’s chance in hell of having a f—–g career,’” Elliott said.
Although he didn’t care what his father thought about his career, he did want his approval of him as a human. Sadly, Henry Nelson Elliott passed away from a heart attack when Sam was just 18 years old.
“I never thought about it as trying to, having a need to prove something to him, other than that I wanted him to be proud of me,” he added.