The last time that animation artists starred in a major live-action film was 1998’s BASEketball with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The film flopped.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane hopes to avoid that fate with the raunchy Western comedy A Million Ways To Die in the West, which he directed, co-wrote (with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild) and stars as leading man. The cast also includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi.
MacFarlane’s live-action smash Ted proved that he can deliver a hit in this format, but that film had the benefit of featuring MacFarlane as an animated teddy bear. His limitations as an in-the-flesh actor are much more readily apparent in this trailer. Universal will release the film on May 30th in the United States.