Joining ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and Blazing Saddles (1974) in the very tiny corner of the Western genre where comedies live, it's got one seriously knowing vibe. A Winchester '73 (1950) homage this ain't.
After the storming success of Ted (2012), A Million Ways To Die In The West is MacFarlane's second directorial outing. He stars as Albert, a cowardly sheep farmer who who backs out of a gunfight because he's understandably afraid of dying. But his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried), thinks he's a weak fool and ditches him for smooth-talking rival Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). Desperate to get back into her affections, Albert seeks help from a mysterious newcomer (Charlize Theron), who teaches him how to shoot and stand up for himself. Slowly but surely, they grow closer, only for her outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) to show up, which forces Albert to put his new found courage to the test.
Giovanni Ribisi plays Albert's friend Edward, a shoe repairman whose fiancee is a working prostitute (Sarah Silverman) happy to have sex with everyone but him.
This new red band trailer is pretty similar to the offering back in February, although 'death by ice block' still makes us wince. We also have a longer look at Neeson's villain, Clinch, and it's always nice to hear him retain his natural Irish lilt.
With a script co-written by Ted's Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, A Million Ways To Die In The West is out in the UK and the US on 30 May.