New Mexico is where Aaron McPherson rode horses for nearly four months. And it’s where he purchased one, all while filming “A Million Ways To Die in the West” – a comedy in the vein of “Blazing Saddles” that opens nationwide today.
“His name is Whiskey,” said McPherson, an acting coach cast as the villain Ben in the film. “I bought him from one of the wranglers while I was out in Santa Fe. I called one day and told my wife about the horse and she was fine with it. I also went to 12 rodeos, met Miss New Mexico and ate some of the best food in my life while I was there.”
McPherson is part of the Hollywood ensemble cast in the Western comedy, which stars Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarlane, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris (from Albuquerque), Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman.
The film, which was shot at Santa Fe Studios and Bonanza Creek Ranch, tells the tale of Albert Stark, played by MacFarlane, who is trying to figure out how to escape an Old West frontier that seems to be trying to kill him – and everyone else in it.