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Seth MacFarlane is saddling up for his next live-action feature comedy, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West.' The 'Family Guy' creator will both direct and star in this whacky western about a sheep farmer who chickens out during a duel and is dumped by his girlfriend. He then enlists the aid of a gunslinger's wife to help him win back his departed love. So far, the cast boats two beauties in Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron, and now another couplet of names has been added to the list. Giovanni Ribisi, who also appeared in 'Ted,' has signed on to play the best friend of MacFarlane's character; one who is trying to get him back in the dating scene. On top of that, cinema's premier intimidating frontman Liam Neeson has also climbed aboard. Neeson will play Theron's outlaw, gunslinging husband. As with 'Ted,' MacFarlane will cowrite the script for 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. No release date has yet been set.
This is an interesting one-two casting punch for MacFarlane. Giovanni Ribisi, though probably more associated with dramas and a smattering of action films, has done plenty of comedy work both in movies and on TV. Not to mention the fact that his character in 'Ted' had me absolutely rolling on the floor. He was this weird, sexually-confused criminal trapped in his love for the 80s. Ribisi threw himself into the role and it's clear that he works well with MacFarlane. As to Neeson, as much as I love the guy, he's not what I would call a funnyman. His movies tend to be either pensive dramas or brutal action romps. In fact, the funniest thing Neeson has ever done, in my opinion, was his appearance on Ricky Gervais/Warwick Davis' BBC series 'Life's Too Short.' He played himself in a sketch in which he proved to be terrible at improv comedy. It was a sendup of himself and his career, and hopefully some of that same self-effacing humor will define his character in 'A Million Ways to Die in the West.' This is shaping up to be quite the cast, it's amazing to me how a guy like MacFarlane, who has made a career out of skewering celebrities is able to get so many high-profile actors to appear in his films.
What do you guys think? Excited that Neeson and Ribisi are coming aboard? Did you like 'Ted?' Are you enthusiastic toward more MacFarlane feature comedies?