In the world of cinema, actors often go to great lengths to bring authenticity to their roles. However, there are certain lines that even the most dedicated actors refuse to cross.

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One such instance occurred while filming the 2014 movie A Million Ways to Die in the West, starring Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron. A particular scene called for a rather revealing shot of Neeson’s character, which the actor humorously declined to do himself.

A Comedic Twist in the Wild West

A still from A Million Ways to Die in the West

In A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comedic take on the perils of the Wild West, there’s a scene that stands out for its humor and audacity. Liam Neeson‘s villainous cowboy Clinch character finds himself in a rather compromising position.

After a fall, Clinch ends up on the ground with his pants down, exposing his buttocks to the world. The script then called for Charlize Theron‘s character, Anna, to plant a daisy in his exposed rear end, adding a comedic twist to an already humorous situation.

Liam Neeson’s Refusal and the Role of a Stunt Double

Liam Neeson as Clinch Leatherwood

Despite being known for performing his own stunts, Liam Neeson decided to step back for this particular scene. The actor refused to bare his backend on the big screen, citing a personal dislike for his own posterior. Instead, he turned to his longtime stunt double, Mark Vanselow, to fill in for him. Neeson humorously explained his decision, saying,

“I said to Mark: ‘Mark, this is a sign of our friendship–would you ever do this scene where Charlize Theron puts a daisy in your butt?”

This decision led to a seamless completion of the scene, with Vanselow stepping in to take the fall.

In the movie, Theron’s character, Anna, is the wife of Neeson’s character, Clinch. Anna is portrayed as a beautiful and enigmatic woman who intrigues the timid sheep farmer Albert, played by Seth MacFarlane.

When Clinch, a fearless gunslinger, arrives in town, all hell breaks loose, and Albert’s courage is tested.

Despite the tension and danger presented by Clinch, there’s a humorous undertone to his interactions with Anna, especially in the scene where he refuses to sleep with her. This refusal, combined with his decision to use a stunt double for the revealing scene, adds a layer of complexity and humor to Neeson’s character.

A Reflection on Humor, Comfort, and Consent in Cinema


Liam Neeson

While humorous, Neeson’s refusal to shoot the scene also highlights the importance of actor comfort and consent in cinema. His decision to enlist a stunt double for a revealing scene underscores the need for actors to feel secure and respected on the set

Neeson’s humorous comment about hating his “Irish butt” adds a personal touch to the story, making it relatable and human

While comedic in nature, the scene also serves as a reminder of the unpredictable challenges actors may face and the importance of maintaining personal boundaries, even in the world of make-believe. The impact of this particular scene on the overall movie is significant, adding a layer of humor and authenticity that audiences will surely remember.