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For Sam Elliott, 'The Hero' sums up his life, career nicely

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/8/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
In this June 6, 2017 photo, Sam Elliott poses for a portrait at the "Hero" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 6, 2017 photo, Sam Elliott poses for a portrait at the "Hero" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Sam Elliott says if he never worked again after "The Hero," he'd be OK with it. The movie, which comes out in limited release Friday, was written for the consummate character actor who at 72 is having a second act renaissance in Hollywood.

Sam Elliott, center, star of "The Hero," arrives with his wife Katharine Ross, left, and their daughter Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of the film at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, June 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sam Elliott, center, star of "The Hero," arrives with his wife Katharine Ross, left, and their daughter Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of the film at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, June 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

In the film Elliott plays an aging Western icon who's stuck doing voiceover work for barbeque commercials when he finds out that he has cancer. Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman and Laura Prepon co-star in the indie.

In this June 6, 2017 photo, Sam Elliott poses for a portrait at the "Hero" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 6, 2017 photo, Sam Elliott poses for a portrait at the "Hero" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP)

Don't worry, though, it's not Elliott's life exactly. Director Brett Haley says it's the sadder, less successful version of Elliott. And for the 72-year-old actor, it's a career peak.

Brett Haley, left, writer/director of "The Hero," poses with star Sam Elliott at the premiere of the film at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, June 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brett Haley, left, writer/director of "The Hero," poses with star Sam Elliott at the premiere of the film at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, June 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) In this June 6, 2017 photo, Sam Elliott poses for a portrait at the "Hero" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 6, 2017 photo, Sam Elliott poses for a portrait at the "Hero" junket at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP)
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