Some fans of actor Sam Elliott are not too keen on his new, non-Western movie, “The Hero.”
This is a quiet, slow-paced film of 70-ish Lee Hayden, a once popular star of Westerns, who now earns a living doing TV commercial voice-overs, and who spends far too much time smoking dope and daydreaming of a glorious return to the big screen.
Lee has a cordial relationship with his ex-wife (played by Elliott's real-life wife, Katherine Ross), but no rapport at all with his adult daughter.
Then two things happen that shake him up. He finds out he has cancer. And he meets 30-ish woman who is interested in him.
Sam Elliott gives a subtle, deeply-felt performance in this film.