Of course, Sam Elliott knows there’s comedic gold to be mined from his famous rich and deep voice, and his gloriously deadpan delivery.
Elliott was the Stranger in “The Big Lebowski,” for crying out loud. And did you catch his hilarious arc as the hippie-vegan peacenik on “Parks and Recreation”?
Even when we’ve just heard Elliott’s unmistakable pipes on commercials for Dodge, IBM, Union Pacific, the American Beef Council, et al., we can practically picture the twinkle in the veteran actor’s eye as he recites the lines.
Director and co-writer Brett Haley’s low-key charmer “The Hero” is a self-referential fictional film in which a beloved veteran actor plays a variation on himself. (See Keaton, Michael, in “Birdman.”)