Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Million Ways to Die in the West Actors Dying for a Laugh; Theron Says She Responded to Family Guy's Humour

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Million Ways to Die in the West Actors Dying for a Laugh; Theron Says She Responded to Family Guy's Humour

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

ON THE SAME PAGE: Charlize Theron and Seth MacFarlane in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

BEST known for her dramatic roles, Charlize Theron flexes her funnybone in Seth MacFarlane's new comedy.

The Family Guy creator directs and stars in A Million Ways to Die in the West, a silly and sometimes raunchy comedy about the dangers of America's Old West.

Theron stars opposite MacFarlane as Anna, a mysterious new woman who arrives in a small pioneer town.

MacFarlane's cowardly farmer, Albert, must put his new-found courage to the test when Anna's husband, notorious gunslinger Clinch (Liam Neeson), arrives.

Q: Seth MacFarlane mentioned that you understood your character right away. Did you feel that in your early conversations with him?

A: Yes, I think this humour is very specific; either you like it or you don't. I think that is a reason why I haven't done a lot of comedy. Most comedies have not been my taste, but I am a huge fan of what Seth does and a huge fan of Family Guy.

Watching him work in his process is something that I have really responded to, so there was definitely a sense of us getting together and just automatically feeling the same way.

It was the same way when I met with Patty Jenkins for Monster. It is a chemistry thing and thinking that we are on the same page.

Q: Can you tell us about Seth MacFarlane's comedic tone?

A: It is a very specific tone, and you have to figure out a way to fit into that tone. You can't just do what Seth is doing or what Sarah Silverman is doing. You have to kind of find your own rhythm and fit into the storytelling. I think that when Seth touches upon things that people find sensitive, he always does it in a sense and a tone that makes me realise that he's commenting on social issues in our world, which is sometimes better to do through humour than to simply preach.

To kind of hide away from things or to only explore those themes in drama is very unfair. …

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