I Love Sam Elliott and Mel Brooks
The guy with the Western twang and that deep masculine voice is all in for Biden and Mel, well, he’s a wonder.
Okay, so you didn’t first see him in “Lifeguard,” so you missed out, but you can still go back and find the film. But maybe you caught up with him in the TV series “Grace and Frankie” where he was the love interest of Jane Fonda until, of course, he died. What is wrong with these people?
The man is every American woman’s idea of what a man should look and sound like. Now, after moving away from LaLa Land to a ranch with his wife, Katherine Ross, of “The Graduate” fame, he’s back and getting political.
Our favorite hunk has taped a political message for Joe Biden, who’s running for President of the US in Biden’s “There Is Only One America” series. You don’t have to be a Biden voter, but I’ll bet you do love America and Elliott’s message of one America will resonate with you.
Why the Move From Oregon?
The view of the Pacific is more than fine and he’s still keeping both his childhood home and his ranch in Oregon. But for now, it’s Malibu for him and the misses.
He’s had more VO commercials than anything and it allows him to pick and choose what he wants for his next film role. Sure, you saw him in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” opposite Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born” (the fourth time around for that film) and he was in Patrick Swayze’s “Roadhouse” and then “The Big Lebowski” and the list goes on. Whenever you hear that voice in all those animated films, it’s unmistakeable Elliott. He even did a VO for steak, “It’s what’s for dinner!” You can’t miss it.
One VO you might recognize is when he voices Smokey the Bear, the animal first made famous by President Teddy Roosevelt. The small bear had been rescued after a forest fire and went on to stardom from there.
Elliott is no newcomer to the entertainment field. Fifty years now he’s been involved in representing what we think of as the cowboy who stands for America and that large mustache sure helps.
Raised in California and Oregon, he was assured by his father that he’d never make it as an actor; wrong on that point. And he’s still seen as the older man with the full head of white hair and the sex appeal that draws crowds. He is keeping on keeping on.
The voice was his ticket to do what he wanted and that’s how he likes it. In an interview, he said there was one film that gave him a laugh.
I don’t think I’ve ever had problems with my voice in terms of what people have wanted out of me as an actor. But I did do a movie called Lifeguard back in 1976 with a director named Dan Petrie, who did a lot of incredible work. Every once in a while, he would tell me: “Let’s do it again, and this time, let’s be a little less south in the mouth.” That’s always amused me.
An agent he tried to persuade to represent him told him to go get a voice coach to get rid of that drawl. Fortunately, he never took the advice.
Now to Brooks
He’s 94 and still quick-witted. Brooks has never made a political pitch, but now he’s also doing one for Biden/Harris. Why? Because he wants people to live and he wants his son and his grandson to live and everyone else in the world.
As he says in the video, “Hi folks, I’m Mel Brooks and behind me you see my son and my grandson. They can’t be with me. Why? Because of this coronavirus and Donald Trump’s not doing a damn thing about it,” he says indoors as Max and Brooks’ grandson wave from outside. “So many people have died, and when you’re dead you can't do much. So I’m voting for Joe Biden.”
No, these two older guys aren’t the only people in the entertainment field endorsing the Biden/Harris ticket. You know who the “names” are and they are out there giving it their best.
Entertainers don’t give up their rights of citizenship or freedom of speech so why shouldn’t they speak out? The issues are too great, the dangers are too real and we are too vulnerable.