Will audiences accept Seth MacFarlane as a leading man?
The very first thing Universal sent out this year was a picture of Seth MacFarlane in a scene with Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried in a scene from "A Million Ways To Die In The West." Coming off the success of "Ted," MacFarlane can obviously make a film that entertains, but it's another leap entirely to star in the film. So far, everything he's done has featured him as a voice, but not as an on-camera actor. You have to admire his plan to cast Theron and Seyfried as his love interests in the cheerfully dirty comedy about a sheep farmer named Albert who backs out of a gunfight because he's afraid, leading his girlfriend (Seyfried) to leave him. He enlists a new woman in town named Anna (Theron) to help him make his girlfriend jealous. He's onscreen for pretty much every scene in the film, and I know that I got real tired of him when he was just hosting an awards show. It's one thing to buy him in a movie, and another thing entirely to buy him as a romantic lead in a Western. If it works, then the sky's the limit for MacFarlane, who will be hugely in demand. And if it doesn't? Well, Brian the dog is alive and well on "Family Guy," and "Ted 2" is just around the corner.
- Drew McWeeny