Movie Watch: The Hero

Continuing our desire to highlight upcoming independent and foreign films we think you should be aware of, we take a look at the new film featuring two of the author’s favorite actors.

For most of his career, Sam Elliott has been equally embracing and pushing away the very things that make him a legend: that voice and that mustache. And it’s a damn shame that he is most identified not by a lifetime of great work but by some damn good genetics. His deft maneuvering as White House Chief of Staff Kermit Newman in Rod Lurie’s underappreciated 2000 film “The Contender” proved he didn’t need the mustache to deliver a solid performance. But whether he’s fighting douchebags in “Roadhouse” or playing a cowboy in more movies than you could possibly remember, from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to “Tombstone” to “The Big Lebowski,” you can always count on Elliott to be mesmerizing no matter the size of the role. Which is another damn shame when it comes to his career. You can fit the list of his leading roles on to one side of a bar napkin. So it’s nice to see he is the star of the upcoming film “The Hero,” which will be released in June by The Orchard.

Sam Elliott

Now, I did mention a second favorite actor in this movie. Ironically, he’s also best known for having some fantastic facial hair… Nick Offerman.

In the movie, Elliott plays Lee Hayden, an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. The film also stars Elliott’s real-life wife Katharine Ross.

The film will open in Los Angeles and New York City on June 9th, followed by a national rollout throughout June and July.