Sam Elliott Sounded Off on Portraying Mature Romances, Said it Doesn’t Have to Be a ‘Cialis Commercial’

by Amy Myers
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We all know what happens in the Cialis commercial. An older couple enjoys the strangest activities together. Meanwhile, a deep-voiced announcer lists all the side effects and warnings. You would think that might persuade people not to buy the pill, but we’re all too focused on what the actors are doing to hear the warnings. Sometimes they’re in two separate bathtubs outside; other times they’re watching non-holiday fireworks on a blanket in the middle of nowhere. Well, Sam Elliott has had enough of that ridiculous imagery.

As a 76-year-old, well-respected actor, Sam Elliott has a deep voice of his own, but instead of Cialis commercials, he uses his pipes for Chevy commercials. His rugged and gritty affliction is the voice that comes to mind when we see a Western cowboy. And he’s portrayed a gun-slinging, spur-wearing cowboy in a few films, too. From The Quick and the Dead to Tombstone, in his younger years, Elliott was the kind of protagonist that every Western actor wanted to emulate.

After a long run of starring in top-notch movies and shows, Sam Elliott seemed to disappear from our screens. However, lately, the star has had a kind of rebirth in the industry. From 2016 to 2020, he starred in the series, The Ranch, which harkened back to his cowboy days. In 2015, he assumed a more romantic role in the film, I’ll See You in My Dreams with Blythe Danner.

Sam Elliott Shows His Romantic Side On-Screen

Usually, Sam Elliott plays the role of a tough and hardened Western man that no one wants to mess with. While that’s surely a natural role for him, Elliott never had the chance to show his more sensitive side on-screen. Always typecasted to be the same ole cowboy, the actor branched out by starring in I’ll See You in My Dreams. The movie follows the story of a 70-year-old widow and songstress, Carol, that finds new love after 20 years of abstaining from relationships. Elliott plays Bill, a suave and carefree neighbor that steals Carol’s heart.

The touching film makes those Cialis commercials even more laughable, and Sam Elliott dedicated his time on set to create a realistic image of mature love.

“Older couples don’t have to be the way they are in the Cialis commercials,” Elliott told the Motion Picture Association. “I credit Brett and Blythe and to a certain degree myself. I was sensitive to how [Danner] was feeling about the bed stuff and the kisses.”

Ever the gentleman, Elliott expressed his gratitude and admiration for his leading lady.

“She’s just a lovely lady,” Elliott said. “I’ve loved her from afar, like all of us have. It’s just a gift this thing came along and I was determined to do whatever I could in service to the script and to my leading lady.”

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