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Jane Campion invites actor Sam Elliott to settle their feud with an old-fashioned movie 'shootout'


The ongoing feud between director Jane Campion and Sam Elliott could be soon settled if the 77-year-old actor would agree to a ‘shootout’ in Hollywood.

After branding Elliott ‘a little bit of a b***h’ for hating on her Oscar-nominated film Power of the Dog for being too gay, Jane suggested on THR’s Awards Chatter Podcast the pair ‘meet down at the Warner Brothers lot for a shootout.’

Campion’s comments, which came Friday, were no doubt in jest and alluded to Elliott’s detraction of her film’s merits as a classic western. 

Drama: After branding Elliott 'a little bit of a b***h' for hating on her Oscar-nominated film Power of the Dog for being too gay, Jane suggested on THR's Awards Chatter Podcast the pair 'meet down at the Warner Brothers lot for a shootout'

Drama: After branding Elliott 'a little bit of a b***h' for hating on her Oscar-nominated film Power of the Dog for being too gay, Jane suggested on THR's Awards Chatter Podcast the pair 'meet down at the Warner Brothers lot for a shootout'

Drama: After branding Elliott ‘a little bit of a b***h’ for hating on her Oscar-nominated film Power of the Dog for being too gay, Jane suggested on THR’s Awards Chatter Podcast the pair ‘meet down at the Warner Brothers lot for a shootout’

‘OK, Sam, let’s meet down at the Warner Brothers lot for a shootout!’ Campion said during the podcast episode. ‘I’m bringing Doctor Strange with me!’ 

Doctor Strange, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is played by Benedict Cumberbatch who also stars in Power of the Dog.

This latest twist in the shots fired between the director and actor come after they traded barbs over her award winning film. 

It all began on another podcast, Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast last week, when Elliott launched into an expletive riddled rant about Power of the Dog.

'OK, Sam, let's meet down at the Warner Brothers lot for a shootout! I'm bringing Doctor Strange with me,' Campion said during Friday's THR Awards Chatter podcast in response to Elliott's criticism of her film

‘OK, Sam, let’s meet down at the Warner Brothers lot for a shootout! I’m bringing Doctor Strange with me,’ Campion said during Friday’s THR Awards Chatter podcast in response to Elliott’s criticism of her film

‘That’s what all these f***ing cowboys in that movie looked like. They’re all running around in chaps and no shirts,’ he said. ‘There’s all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the f***ing movie.’ 

The veteran actor, who also blasted Campion for shooting the Montana-set movie in her native New Zealand, has faced heavy criticisms in wake of his comments. 

In the interview at the center of the controversy, Elliott said his main gripe stemmed from the implications that the character Phil Burbank was a closeted gay man and that the movie over-critiqued the masculine image of the west. 

‘The myth is that they were these macho men out there with the cattle,’ Elliott said.  ‘I just came from Texas where I was hanging out with families – not men – but families. Big, long, extended, multiple-generation families that made their livings… and their lives were all about being about cowboys.

‘And boy, when I f**king saw that [movie], I thought, ‘What the f**k,” he said. ‘Where’s the western in this western?’ 

He added that he was also angry that lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s character never seemed to remove his chaps. 

Shots fired: It all began on another podcast, Marc Maron's WTF Podcast last week, when Elliott launched into an expletive riddled rant about Power of the Dog calling it a 'piece of s**t' and too homosexual

Shots fired: It all began on another podcast, Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast last week, when Elliott launched into an expletive riddled rant about Power of the Dog calling it a ‘piece of s**t’ and too homosexual 

‘Every f**cking time he would walk in from somewhere – he never was on a horse – he’d walk in to the f**cking house, storm up the f**cking stairs, go lay in his bed, in his chaps and play the banjo.’ 

The actor also went on to question the suitability of Campion, asking how a ‘woman from down there [New Zealand] can ‘know about the American West.’  

Campion clapped back to his criticism while speaking to Variety at the Directors Guild of America awards in Los Angeles on Saturday. 

‘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,’ he said. ‘The west is a mythic space and there’s a lot of room on the range. I think it’s a little bit sexist.’

‘I consider myself a creator. I think he thinks of me as a woman or something lesser first,’ she added, noting that she takes a ‘more expansive’ view of the western genre.

The Power of the Dog star Cumberbatch, 45, hit back at Elliott, describing his comments a ‘very odd reaction’ to the movie. He also noted there is still ‘a massive intolerance in the world at large towards homosexuality.’

‘I’m trying very hard not to say anything about a very odd reaction that happened the other day on a radio podcast over here,’ Cumberbatch, who stars as a repressed gay cowboy in the film, said during BAFTA’s Film Sessions on Friday.

‘Without meaning to stir over the ashes of that […] someone really took offense to – I haven’t heard it so it’s unfair for me to comment in detail on it – to the West being portrayed in this way,’ Cumberbatch continued. 

'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,' he said. 'The west is a mythic space and there's a lot of room on the range. I think it's a little bit sexist.'

‘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,’ he said. ‘The west is a mythic space and there’s a lot of room on the range. I think it’s a little bit sexist.’

The Power of the Dog follows Cumberbatch’s character Phil Burbank, a menacing rancher whose brother (Jesse Plemons) surprisingly gets married to a woman (Kirsten Dunst) who moves onto their ranch with her son (Smit-McPhee). 

The film centers around Burbank’s anger over his repressed feelings as he torments his new sister-in-law and her son at their Montana ranch until he learns to love his family. It was filmed in New Zealand because Campion wanted to direct it close to her native country. 

The film leads all contenders with 12 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Campion and Best Actor for Cumberbatch.

Campion took home the Critics Choice Award on Sunday for best director and sparked yet another, unrelated, controversy in her acceptance speech. 

Jane was blasted as ‘ignorant’ and ‘out of touch’ by online users after she diminished the successes of sports legends Venus and Serena Williams seemingly apropos of nothing.  

‘It’s absolutely stunning to be here tonight among so many incredible women,’ Jane gushed in her speech. ‘Halle Berry, you have already done my speech … and really killed it. I loved it. You’re absolutely brilliant.’

Jane then turned her attention to Venus and Serena – whose childhoods are the subject of the Will Smith-led biopic King Richard based on their father, Richard Williams, which was up for five awards at the event.

'I'm trying very hard not to say anything about a very odd reaction that happened the other day on a radio podcast over here,' Cumberbatch, who stars as a repressed gay cowboy in the film, said during BAFTA 's Film Sessions on Friday

‘I’m trying very hard not to say anything about a very odd reaction that happened the other day on a radio podcast over here,’ Cumberbatch, who stars as a repressed gay cowboy in the film, said during BAFTA ‘s Film Sessions on Friday

‘What an honor to be in the room with you,’ Jane said to the talented sisters. ‘I’ve taken up tennis – I truly have – and Will, if you want to come over and give me lessons, I would truly love it. I actually had to stop playing because I’ve got tennis elbow.’

She then paid respect to her fellow nominees, who she pointed out were all men, before returning her attention back to the Williams sisters. She added: ‘Venus and Serena, you’re such marvels, however, you don’t play against the guys, like I have to.’

After swift and unwavering backlash, Jane issued a mea culpa the following day. 

‘I made a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved,’ she said in her apology.

‘I did not intend to devalue these two legendary black women and world-class athletes. The fact is the Williams sisters have, actually, squared off against men on the court (and off), and they have both raised the bar and opened doors for what is possible for women in this world.

‘The last thing I would ever want to do is minimize remarkable women. I love Serena and Venus. Their accomplishments are titanic and inspiring. Serena and Venus, I apologize and completely celebrate you.’

Venus Williams has won seven grand slams over her impressive career, while her sister, Serena, has won 23. Serena is widely considered to be among one of the best athletes of all time. 

Yikes: Campion took home the Critics Choice Award on Sunday for best director and seemingly sparked yet another, unrelated, controversy in her acceptance speech when she diminished the successes of sports legends Venus and Serena Williams

Yikes: Campion took home the Critics Choice Award on Sunday for best director and seemingly sparked yet another, unrelated, controversy in her acceptance speech when she diminished the successes of sports legends Venus and Serena Williams

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