Brett Haley has described “The Hero” as “a love letter” not only to Sam Elliott, but to a particular breed of Hollywood icon.
Elliott plays an aging Western hero, getting by on voice-over work in commercials, facing mortality and hoping for that one last big role before heading for that last roundup.
I’d suggest it’s a movie about the sort of icon the throwback Elliott never quite got to become in a Hollywood that rarely makes Westerns.
Lovely movie, and I’m talking with Haley, who grew up in the Florida Keys, about it today.
And as always, I’m looking for suggested questions. Got anything in mind? Post it as a comment below, and thanks for the input.