Charlize Theron’s Wig in A Million Ways to Die in the West: A Look Back

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In 2014, Charlize Theron starred in the western comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the West, playing the wife of an infamous outlaw.

The film was directed by Seth MacFarlane and received mixed reviews from critics, but it was a moderate box office success, grossing over $80 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million.

Charlize Theron shaved her head for her role as Imperator Furiosa in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road and had to wear a wig for her role as Anna Barnes-Leatherwood, Clinch Leatherwood’s (Liam Neeson) rebellious wife.

Seth MacFarlane as Albert Stark, Charlize Theron as Anna Barnes-Leatherwood, Amanda Seyfried as Louise, and Neil Patrick Harris as Foy in the 2014 American Western black comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the WestSeth MacFarlane as Albert Stark, Charlize Theron as Anna Barnes-Leatherwood, Amanda Seyfried as Louise, and Neil Patrick Harris as Foy in the 2014 American Western black comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the West (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Playing the wife of Liam Neeson’s character, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson would later star together in the American science fiction comedy-drama television series The Orville.

Charlize Theron expressed her eagerness to join the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy western film, “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” as she had longed for comedic roles after two decades of primarily dark dramas and action films, finding the shift in genre liberating.

“I’ve been interested in comedy for a while, but it’s been tricky because audiences know me so well doing something very different,” she said in an interview.

“In fact, what also interests me is odd comedy. Those are very rare. The combination of this script and Seth directing was a slam dunk for me. I started begging instantly. I closed the script and started begging.”

Charlize Theron wore a wig in the 2014 western comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the West because she had shaved her head for her role as Imperator Furiosa in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury RoadCharlize Theron wore a wig in the 2014 Western comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the West because she had shaved her head for her role as Imperator Furiosa in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road (Credit: Universal Pictures)

“I loved watching this movie, because it felt like I was actually seeing myself,” she revealed.

“I think there’s an idea that actors have, where unless you’re completely transforming and disappearing into a character, you’re not really doing your job. “There was something refreshing after 20 years of doing this; watching a movie, seeing and hearing myself and feeling like that was enough to tell that narrative – that there’s nothing wrong with that.”

When “A Million Ways to Die in the West” was released in the United States on May 30, 2014, the ages of the key individuals involved were as follows: Seth MacFarlane was 40 years old, Charlize Theron was 38 years old, Amanda Seyfried was 28 years old, Neil Patrick Harris was 40 years old, Giovanni Ribisi was 39 years old, Sarah Silverman was 43 years old, and Liam Neeson was 61 years old.

Charlize Theron Stuns in Knitted Raffia Dior Dress at A Million Ways to Die in the West Premiere

Charlize Theron's Christian Dior black knitted raffia dress struck the perfect balance between femininity and contemporary style, accentuated by the playful swing of the skirtCharlize Theron’s Christian Dior black knitted raffia dress struck the perfect balance between femininity and contemporary style, accentuated by the playful swing of the skirt (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision / Brian To)

In May 2018, Charlize Theron hit the red carpet with beau Sean Penn for the world premiere of the 2014 American Western black comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the West.

As always, the towering blonde beauty looked effortlessly elegant in a black number by Christian Dior.

Charlize Theron looked stunning in her ensemble for the premiere, wearing a chic Dior dress, complemented by Christian Louboutin shoes and adorned with elegant Cartier jewelry, showcasing her impeccable sense of styleCharlize Theron looked stunning in her ensemble for the premiere, wearing a chic Dior dress complemented by Christian Louboutin shoes and adorned with elegant Cartier jewelry, showcasing her impeccable sense of style (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision / Brian To)

The black dress looks like lace from afar, and we were all totally convinced that this was lace, but it is actually knitted raffia! Upon closer inspection, you can see it is much stiffer than lace.

Charlize Theron with boyfriend Sean Penn at the world premiere of A Million Ways to DieCharlize Theron with boyfriend Sean Penn at the world premiere of A Million Ways to Die at the Westwood Village Theatre in Los Angeles on May 15, 2014 (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision / Brian To)

The Dior Resort 2015 dress is unique and contemporary, making it naturally stand out among the rest of the glamorous looks of the night.

Charlize Theron made a stylish entrance at the premiere of her film "A Million Ways to Die in the West" Charlize Theron made a stylish entrance at the premiere of her film “A Million Ways to Die in the West” on May 15, 2014, at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision / Brian To)

And although it’s pretty revealing, with only a tiny black bodysuit covering the parts that needed coverage, it didn’t look trashy because Charlize carried the look in her classy way.

Charlize Theron toted a black Roger Vivier clutch and accessorized with Cartier jewelryCharlize Theron toted a black Roger Vivier clutch and accessorized with Cartier jewelry (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision / Brian To)

The gorgeous Monster actress styled her Dior raffia dress with a Roger Vivier clutch, Christian Louboutin slingback pumps, and Cartier jewelry.

Charlize Theron has a small flower tattoo on the top of her right foot that she showed off in a pair of Christian Louboutin pumpsCharlize Theron has a small flower tattoo on the top of her right foot that she showed off in a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision / Brian To)

Raffia dresses as gorgeous as Charlize’s are hard to come by! But you can copy the look with lace dresses with a similar pattern. Check out the great alternatives we found online:

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