The big gag at the center of the new comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West is that the fact that the cowboy era of the United States was an incredibly dangerous period to be alive. Laxer laws and regulations and shoddy medical treatments meant that those living in the Old West were actually lucky to survive each day to go to bed each night. As treacherous as that time was, however, it was apparently just as perilous to try and recreate it while filming the Seth MacFarlane comedy down in New Mexico… albeit for very different reasons.
Paired with MacFarlane while talking with us at a Million Ways To Die In The West press conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, actress Charlize Theron revealed that she never really has any inclination to film in New Mexico again due to weather conditions that made her fear for her life during the comedy’s shoot. First couching the comments by remarking how gorgeous the area is ("I understand why you’d want to paint it."), the Academy Award-winning actress explained that some of what she experienced during production felt like it was taken straight out of the Old Testament. Said Theron,
Seth MacFarlane was quick to not only corroborate this story, but also added that at times rain was just the least of their weather problems on the Million Ways To Die In The West. Being in the middle of the desert left them vulnerable to all kinds of extreme weather conditions, and from the director’s comments, the production experienced every single one of them.
I guess it’s a shame that A Million Ways To Die In Hawaii isn’t nearly as catchy.
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