Amanda Seyfried (“Les Miserables,” “Red Riding Hood”) stars as Louise, the woman who would break the hero’s heart in, Universal Pictures’ new comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West”.
In the film, after sheep farmer Albert (Seth MacFarlane) backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
The filmmakers wanted to find an actress who was right in the “Goldilocks” zone, someone who could express that artful balance between a woman whom you don’t really want the guy to end up with because she’s not the nicest person, but a character who still has enough redeeming qualities that you don’t think the guy is an idiot for pining after her. Someone “just right.”
Actor-writer-director Seth MacFarlane found everything the team wanted in accomplished actress Amanda Seyfried. He explains: “Amanda is a great example of someone who is perfectly cast. There was the scene on the log where she’s talking to Albert and is about to dump him, and I remember thinking, ‘God, she is nailing it. She’s either the world’s greatest actress, or she’s cut down a bunch of guys like this.’ Amanda is very sweet, so I quickly learned it wasn’t the latter; she’s just extremely good.”
Amanda Seyfried was initially surprised at her casting. She advises: “Most of my projects haven’t been comedy.” Discussing her character, the performer shares: “Louise is a selfish young lady who dumps Albert in such a blunt, insensitive way because he’s not getting it. She is enamored of Foy, town’s most successful businessman, and how awesome she thinks he is that she can’t quite see who he really is. Foy’s very charismatic and he’s got balls, while Albert has no balls at all… figuratively speaking of course. Foy’s attractive to her because he has confidence and sex appeal, and his moustache is really hot.”
Although Theron’s and Seyfried’s characters were at odds, that’s where the similarities between the actresses ended. Theron explains that she struggled with the biting dialogue that was directed toward her on-screen nemesis: “I found myself constantly looking at Seth and saying, ‘I can’t say that. It’s Amanda, come on.’ There is a line where I have to tell her she looks bad in this dress. I was thinking that I am just not that good of an actor. I mean, look at her! She’s like a little doll.”
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Now showing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.