Remember When Sam Elliot and Cher Joined Forces in 1984 Bust ‘Mask’?

In 1984 Sam Elliot was just getting married to his new bride Katharine Ross. It was his first marriage, a woman he’d fallen in love with after being cast in two movies together, years apart. Respectively, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Legacy. You may recognize her from The Graduate, as Mrs. Elaine Robinson, and from the Stepford Wives. She was also in The Hero, in 2017 alongside her husband. Before A Star is born alongside Lady Gaga, the Oscar Awards, or The Ranch

While the two were Honeymooning in Hawaii, Elliott got the call to audition for Peter Bogdanovich’s film Mask. He turned it down when he told his agent he wouldn’t return early for the audition. His new bride, retuned the agents call and told him that he would be there. Little did he know he would be working alongside a personal favorite, Cher. What an opportunity he could have missed.

From childhood, actor Sam Elliott was raised watching Sonny and Cher with his Mother. Something they’ve done religiously.

Sam Elliott went on to get one of his biggest breaks from the Film playing of working with her he said “I loved Peter and I loved Cher. I mean, what the f—? Cher’s Cher, you know? I mean, what’s there not to love about her. She’s one of the most outrageous people I’ve ever spent time with, and she’s wonderful to work with. It just was a glorious f—ing period of time.” 

The mask was not only a turning point. His portrayal of biker Gar, according to the Los Angeles Times was, “His portrayal of the compassionate biker Gar has received nearly as much critical attention as the performances by the film’s stars, Eric Stoltz and Cher“.

 

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