Seth MacFarlane, the rowdy "Family Guy" creator who wrote, directed, and stars in the new comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” stopped by TODAY Thursday to talk about the film. He got through his whole segment without getting bleeped. Barely.
“I’ve always been a fan of the Western genre,” MacFarlane mused to TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “Pre-Spaghetti Westerns, like the ’40s and ’50s Westerns, with the big John Ford scopes and the Elmer Bernstein music. … I thought if somebody could update that tone with a modern sensibility, it’s something that hasn’t been done before.”
“This movie’s filthy, by the way,” Lauer clarified. “I just wanna get that out.”
The film's red-band trailer indicates that moviegoers can expect a steady stream of raunchy language, graphic gross-out violence, and untold ounces of bodily secretions (animal and human). There's also a graphic scene with co-star Charlize Theron.
“Is it possible that you are so cunning and so diabolical and so wealthy that you created this entire project just to be able to make out with Charlize Theron?” Lauer asked, narrowing his eyes.
MacFarlane denied having such motives.
Lauer persisted: “You didn’t sit around with your buddies going, ‘You know what? I know how I can kiss her’?”
“No,” MacFarlane said. “Although now that you’ve planted this idea in my head, I gotta go home and make a list.” In a prim accent, MacFarlane then teasingly scolded the anchor: “You’re a dirty man, Matt Lauer.”
But when Lauer switched gears to talk about the more innocent-seeming topic of mustaches in the film, MacFarlane stayed in racy territory, speculating that men in olden times treated facial hair like phallic symbols.
Explained MacFarlane, “If you had the biggest, bushiest mustache in town, then you probably had the biggest, bushiest—”
At that point, Lauer had to remind the director that he was on a morning show.
See the hair-larious hijinks for yourself when “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opens in theaters May 30.