Actress claims she wasn’t fond of shooting movie in NM

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico prides itself as the place to shoot movies, but the Oscar-winning star of a big comedy that’s about to hit theaters has a different view and her comments were caught on tape.

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” starring Charlize Theron and Seth Macfarlane is a comedy western set in late-1800s Arizona.

It was filmed all over New Mexico, including Santa Fe Studios, last summer during the state’s memorable monsoon season.

That’s when the movie’s title took on a new meaning.

“It’s just, the weather was unbelievable – it was like biblical times and we were all going to die a horrible death by weather,” she said in audio posted on Hollywood Outbreak.

She’s filmed at least four movies in New Mexico and after her experience, she says she might not want to shoot here again.

“I would want to paint it. I don’t necessarily want to go and shoot in it again,” she said.

The state film office hopes she’ll change her mind, pointing out there’s difficult weather all over the country.

“I think they had a bit of a rough patch there, but for the most part this is a great place for weather and a great place to live,” said Nick Maniatis, director with the New Mexico Film Office. “I think they had a great time overall.”

The movie opens next week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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