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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Poster

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Liam Neeson agreed to play the role of Clinch Leatherwood on the condition that he do a broad Irish accent.
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Charlize Theron had to wear a wig, as she had her head buzzed for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
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Neil Patrick Harris gets to say his famous catchphrase from How I Met Your Mother (2005) when he is challenged to a duel by Albert: "Challenge accepted!" However, neither of the writers knew this when they were writing the movie, and later during test screenings they didn't know why audiences were laughing.
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The genesis of the film can be traced to an inside joke by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The three mentioned how the Wild West was always depicted to be dangerous and believed that there are too many ways to die in the setting.
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When Clinch takes the glove off his hand and says to Anna, "I've been keeping it soft," is a reference to Curley (Casey Siemaszko) from Of Mice and Men (1992).
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Liam Neeson plays an antagonistic outlaw cowboy. In Seth MacFarlane's earlier work Family Guy: Prick Up Your Ears (2006), Peter Griffin jokes that without his knowledge, his kids will be "as hopeless as Liam Neeson playing an American cowboy".
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Seth MacFarlane wrote a novelization of this movie based on the screenplay, the first book in his career.
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During his pow-wow with the Indians, Seth says "mila kunis" in Native American speak. The translation below reads "fine." Mila Kunis plays Meg in Family Guy (1998). She was also in Ted (2012), another Seth MacFarlane film.
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Cameo: Ewan MacGregor: The cowboy who explains why he laughed at "That's a fine how do you do."
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One sign in town in the movie reads "Windisch and Sons". This is an ode to Christopher Windisch, the film's construction coordinator, and his son, who was the labor foreman on the film's set construction crew.
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When Giovanni Ribisi is at the bar during the dance he drinks through a straw and swivels his hips as he did in Ted (2012).
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Cameo: Jamie Foxx (as Django) as the man who says "people die at the fair" after shooting the game master.
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The final line, by Django (Jamie Foxx) after the credits, is a reference to Blazing Saddles (1974): "Bring me one of those white women".
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The old prospector shot by Clinch over his gold is also the bartender in Back to the Future Part III (1990), which is also set in the Wild West.
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The stuffed duck that Anna wins Albert is the same duck from Family Guy (1999) (FOX-y Lady (#7.10)), when Peter and Chris create the show "Handi-Quacks".
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The long-legged sheep in the drug trip are a visual reference to Salvador Dali's painting "The Temptation of St. Anthony".
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Stephen Foster published a song in 1864 called "If You've Only Got A Moustache". The lyrics were re-written especially for this movie.
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Clinch Leatherwood is clearly a reference (in name only) to Clint Eastwood.
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Seth MacFarlane used "Mila Kunis" also as a Huttese phrase in Family Guy's "It's a Trap!", where Jabba the Hutt says it, to be translated as "Throw them in!"
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Halfway through the film, when Albert and Anna are sitting on a log talking, a tornado appears to their right. It's a subtle reference to the film's title, something else that could kill you in the West.
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Ryan Reynolds plays the bar patron who is shot by Clinch. His appearance in this slightly mimics his role in Ted, in which he basically had a gratuitous cameo. In the commentary for Ted Seth Macfarlene said it was funny because they basically waste Ryan Reynolds, in the fact that he has almost no role or speaking lines, which is what he has in this.
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The scene were Anna puts a daisy in Clinch's bottom is similar to a classic scene in Carry On Nurse (1959), where Wilfred Hyde White is a patient who has been annoying the nurses, so instead of inserting a rectal thermometer in his bottom, they put a daffodil.
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Liam Neeson's daisy reference refers to Val Kilmer in Tombstone (1993), and his iconic line as Doc Holliday, "You're a daisy if you do."
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At the start of the movie, where the narrator talks about the different ways the Wild West could kill you, a picture of a dead man under a white sheet is shown around the time the narrator mentions, death from "disease". The picture used is actually that of the corpse of a train robber by the name of Cole Estes (a.k.a., Cole Younger) shortly after he was shot to death by a U.S. Marshal. The marks on his face are actually gunshot wounds.
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Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson appeared in Chloe (2009) and Ted 2 (2015).
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Director Trademark: (Family Guy): Seth Mcfarlane, who plays Albert, voices Peter, Brian, and Stewie Griffin. Alex Borstein, who plays Millie, voices Lois Griffin, Loretta Brown, and Tricia Takanawa. Mila Kunis is mentioned, who voices Meg Griffin.
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Both Gilbert Gottfired and Christopher Lloyd also had roles in the PBS children's maths educational series, Cyberchase where Gottfired plays the Cybersquad's ally Digit while Lloyd plays antagonist The Hacker.
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Cameo 

Christopher Lloyd: Dr. Emmett L. Brown from the "Back to the Future" trilogy.
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Kaley Cuoco: As the girl Albert tries to pick up in the shop.
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Bill Maher: Comic at the barn dance.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Jamie Foxx's cameo (as Django) was added after audiences in test screenings reacted poorly to the shooting gallery at the fair, which features cartoon images of black slaves as targets.
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The DeLorean time machine replica in Christopher Lloyd's cameo was bought and customized by Seth MacFarlane in 2010.
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The made-up death chant that Albert bellows is actually the 1980s song "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora.
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Body count: 15.
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Ewan McGregor: At the fair, when Albert asks why everyone is laughing at Foy's joke. McGregor was shooting another movie in the area, and was happy to cooperate.
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Gilbert Gottfried: Abraham Lincoln in Albert's drug trip.
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In Family Guy (1999) (420 (#7.12)), Peter Griffin mentions how he gets excited, when they say the name of the movie in the movie.
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The movie's title is said only once in the film by Albert (Seth MacFarlane), when he starts his explanation to Clinch (Liam Neeson) about how he, Albert, got the upper hand in the climactic gunfight.
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Patrick Stewart: Voice of the long-legged sheep in Albert's drug trip.
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The man shot in the bar by Clinch Leatherwood is played by Ryan Reynolds.
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The shot of Clinch leaving the front door of Albert's house to search for him outside is an homage of the iconic open door scene in the beginning and end scenes of The Searchers (1956).
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Greg, from the popular YouTube channel "Nigahiga", is seen while a song about mustaches is being played, as he also has quite an extraordinary mustache.
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