Charlize Theron has revealed she "begged" Seth MacFarLane to cast her in his comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West.
The Oscar-winning actress admitted she had struggled to be offered comedy roles after 20 years of dark dramas and action thrillers, and found the light-hearted role freeing.
Charlize said: "I've been interested in comedy for a while, but it's been tricky because audiences know me so well doing something very different.
"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."
The 38-year-old South African star - who shaved her head for the upcoming Mad Max film and piled on the pounds for her Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's Monster - revealed she felt like her comedy character was closest to her real self.
"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."
:: A Million Ways To Die In The West is in cinemas now.