An absolutely funny "A Million Ways to Die in the West" cast were part of a press conference on May 17 in Los Angeles California. The film has has many comical parts and it keeps the comedy coming minute after minute. As a western comedy it does fantastic. "I got to read (the script) pretty early on and there was talk about him doing this film. Even before I read it, just the idea of doing something that's kind of pitched in this very unusual comedy western situation, and then him (MacFarlane) at the helm of that, was very intriguing. That already had me very interested," Charlize Theron said. And being paired up along side Seth MacFarlane in his first major role as an actor, and not just a voice actor, proved to be beneficial for both.
"There were two things that became apparent pretty quickly into the process: one was, the muscles didn't take as much reconditioning as I though it would. It was more like voice acting that I thought it would be. Your still using your whole body. When you are (voicing) a character, even in the booth, no one is watching, but my face will do different things when I do different characters," MacFarlane said. "But also, I was with the most talented actress that I possibly could have."
The entire cast was stunning as they went from scene to scene hitting every comedic cue well. "Everybody was great. You (MacFarlane) did a really good job of casting this movie. There really wasn't a bad apple in the bunch. It was really a bunch of great people together, having fun, working hard, there for the right reasons, trying to make the movie the best they possibly could and we laughed a lot," Theron said.
One of the most outrageous scenes is that of Ruth, played by Sarah Silverman, showing her vagina to Edward, played by Giovanni Ribisi. "When I'm showing him my vagina, maybe it was a little loose, it was mostly scripted, it was scripted," Silverman said. "A lot of the funny bits were improve and Sarah's (Silverman) unadulterated genius," Ribisi said.
Through it all the chemistry between MacFarlane and Theron made the film. It's funny and the charisma put off have it a style that made the story work.
"Working with Seth (MacFarlane) again and just doing a western. He told me he was going to make it like a classy, sort of like a John Ford's stylistic thing, I think visually it is that," Ribisi said. MacFarlane's style has brough much success to his comedies. With unexpected small laughs to the big gags that are well received each one of those laughs is well timed and well placed.
"I feel that he (MacFarlane) has the whole vision in his mind. When he's writing he seems to have the shot, the world and even the music all in his head as a part of a whole," Silverman said."He's also a delight. There are a lot of nice directors, but there's always a boiling point and stress, maybe it's because he (MacFarlane) has all the money in the world but he's always smiling," she said.
"A Million Ways to Die in the West" is out in theaters today.
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