The Magnificent Seven IRL: 7 Things You Learn When You're A Cowboy For The Day
We tried our hand at being Chris Pratt for a day. We didn't look as cool as hoped.
If you haven’t seen The Magnificent Seven yet, here’s what you need to know: Chris Pratt , Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke play serious old timey cowboys who will make you want to saddle up and take to the West yourself.
SO MUCH SO in fact, that, teamed with our love of Westworld, Hayden Panettiere in Nashville, and all the Western Chelsea boots on ASOS, we’ve never wanted to don cowboy garb more…
So, we had to try it out. Here’s what we learned when we became an ACTUAL* cowboy for the day…
*wore the hat
There's an IRL old Western village in the UK
Laredo is a fully-functioning western cowboy town just outside of London. Its owners have built a whole town of shops, a saloon and even hotel bedrooms, where its members stay and live like ACTUAL cowboys.
Just putting on a Stetson, cowboy boots and holster makes you feel like actual Denzel Washington
*Cowboy-staggers back into the town centre* #magnificent #seven #swag
Lassoing is surprisingly simple
You take a small looped rope and twirl it in a circle in front of you – and soon enough, it turns into an actual twirling lasso coming from your actual twirling hand!
Lassoing a target, not so much
But if you want to wrangle a cow with it, that’s JUST A BIT more tricky. Getting that lasso over a cow means looping a great big one over your head before flinging it. We could only hit our own head. 1-0 to the cow.
Whips IRL are not as sexy as Fifty Shades would have you believe
Chris Pratt or no Chris Pratt, cracking a whip takes serious wrist skill. To make like a real cowboy, hold it back over your head and then flick it forward, and it’ll crack loudly, mid-air, right there in front of you. And let me tell you that shit is SCARY. We’ll keep them strictly out of the bedroom and stuck in the Kent countryside thank you very much.
Shooting an old cowboy pistol is VERY LOUD
The Magnificent Seven must have had not-so-cool ear plugs in. SAFETY FIRST.
Gun slinging makes you look like a cool AF IRL cowboy
And the good news is, you don’t even have to shoot anything! Actual outlaws would learn to dramatically and skillfully fling their guns around like a bartender juggling a Cosmopolitan, in an attempt to intimidate any enemies without any actual fighting.
Learning cool tricks like bringing out your revolver, spinning it 180 degrees round your finger and rolling it right into your holster makes you look like an Chris Pratt-level old timey BADA$$.
- The Magnificent Seven is out on Blu-ray and DVD now.
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