Sam Elliott has been full of hot takes lately! Fresh off his colorful comments on Jane Campion The power of the dogthe actor now criticizes the hit series Yellowstonealthough he starred in the previous spin-off, 1883.
The comments are actually from the same interview in which he criticized The power of the dog on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Elliott compared Yellowstone for dallasa prime-time soap opera that aired from 1978 to 1991. Although he praised Kevin Costner and the rest of the cast, he seems to have no love for the general vibe of the show:
“I’m not a Yellowstone fan. I don’t watch Yellowstone. I love Costner. There are a lot of good people in the cast, a few of them I’ve worked with before – nothing against any of them – but it’s too much like f—ing Dallas or something for me.
I’m not looking Yellowstone but I heard the soap opera /dallas comparisons before. I guess that’s not a bad comparison since dallas was one of the most popular series on TV during part of its run, something Yellowstone seems to be mirrored. The shows offer some similarities. Dallas tells the story of a wealthy Texas oil baron named JR Ewing, who manipulates those around him to achieve his goals. Yellowstone also features shifting alliances and it’s a family drama with patriarchs trying to maintain control of their empires. The main difference between the two shows is the tone. dallas tended to lean on his soapy DNA often as Yellowstonefrom what I’ve heard, is a more serious drama.
I find his assertion interesting since it appears on the Yellowstone spin-off prequel series, 1883. I know this show has a very different tone to Yellowstone and probably does westerns in a way that soothes Elliott and his sensibility. That being said, both shows come from Taylor Sheridan, so it would be interesting to hear her thoughts on what Elliott had to say about the parent series.
What do you think of Sam Elliott’s claims about Yellowstone?