Sam Elliott Revealed The Truth About His Difficult Relationship With Hollywood

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It’s true, too, that Elliott wasn’t particularly encouraged by his dad to become an actor. “My father once said, ‘You haven’t got a snowball’s chance in hell in Hollywood.’ That motivated me,” Elliott told AARP in 2015. “My father was a good, practical man, but he came from a different time. He saw only a play or two of mine before he died.”

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Even so, the young Elliott was eager to become a performer, and he explained just why that had been the case in a 2013 interview with The AV Club. “[It was down to] going to too many movies when I was growing up, basically. I just got fascinated by it early on,” Elliott answered. “And it wasn’t like I wanted to be a legitimate actor, a real actor. I wanted to make movies.”

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And while Elliott actually worked for a spell in construction, luck was most certainly on his side when it came to breaking into show business. You see, while in LA, a friend asked the aspiring star to fix a problem with his house – a request to which Elliott agreed. The buddy had some connections, too, as an assistant director, and these gave Elliott an “in.”

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