Sam Elliott is a mythical American hero in the first poster for the profoundly weird-looking The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. With his signature mustache and gravely voice, Elliott has become a symbol of grizzled, old school American manhood. His career stretches all the way back to the late 1960s when he appeared in a bit part in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Over the decades he's starred in endless successions of action movies and Westerns, including classics like Road House and Tombstone, becoming a quintessential cowboy actor (even when he's not playing a literal cowboy).
In later years, Elliott became a cult hero thanks to his performance as The Stranger in the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski, where he was paired with fellow grizzled icon Jeff Bridges. Now, a fixture as a supporting performer in mainstream films, he's popped up in everything from Hulk to Ghost Rider to Draft Day. And he was unforgettable as Ron Swanson's tree-hugging doppelganger Ron Dunn, the only person whose mustache could give Ron's mustache a run for its money, on the sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Now, in his newest role, Sam Elliott gets to pull off the most heroic feats of his long and storied career. Literally, Sam Elliott kills Hitler and then The Bigfoot. The first poster for the film The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot has arrived via Collider - and it says just about all that needs to be said. See the poster below:
The movie's official synopsis sounds exactly as weird as audiences might expect going by the movie's title and poster. But there appears to be something more going on here than just random weirdness. Read the synopsis:
Sam Elliott stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot. This wondrous feature debut from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski features visual effects by celebrated two-time Academy Award Winner Douglas Trumbull, who also co-produced alongside the great John Sayles and Lucky McKee. A fantastical discourse on the melancholia of old age and a singular blast of entertaining wit, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot also stars Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, and Ron Livingston.
There are major names involved in the making of this movie. In addition to Sam Elliott, independent filmmaker John Sayles has signed on as a co-producer. In the '80s, Sayles made his name in art house cinema with a string of acclaimed films including The Brother From Another Planet, Eight Men Out, City of Hope and Lone Star. With the Sayles stamp on the film, it's almost certain the movie will be something more than just a romp. Indeed, the synopsis promises "a fantastical discourse on the melancholia of old age." That being said, Sayles does have some history in pure schlock as well, having written the Roger Corman sci-fi flick Battle Beyond the Stars.
As the synopsis also reveals, the movie's visual effects were created by Douglas Trumbull, one of the greatest names in the history of VFX. If the title and synopsis for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot weren't enough to generate intrigue around this movie, those names should definitely do it. The film is set to premiere next month at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and then we'll know how exactly Sam Elliott pulls off his double feat of insane heroism.