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Toby Keith's New Film: "It's Not All Wagon Wheels and Bales of Hay"

July 7, 2008 5:28 PM ET

Toby Keith's upcoming movie, Beer For My Horses, is a classic good-guy-versus-bad-guy tale set in a dusty Oklahoma town, but don't expect a dialogue rife with "howdy!" and "yee-haw!"

"It's not all wagon wheels and bales of hay," says Keith, who penned the flick that draws its story line from his 2003 hit with Willie Nelson. (Willie snags a cameo in the film, which hits theatres on August 8th.) "We don't always have to look like Hee-Haw."

Instead, Keith — who stars as a small-time deputy on a quest to rescue his girlfriend (Claire Forlani) from drug-lord kidnappers — promises loads of ass-kicking action, Ted Nugent in a sleeveless snakeskin shirt (he plays a mute deputy) and even some cultural commentary. "The storyline is about methamphetamine use and how bad it is in the South," says Keith. "Meth-heads here steal liquid fertilizer that's kept in agricultural co-ops to make the drug. [In the movie], we stake out the co-ops for a bust, and the story is how that blows up in our faces."

Check back later this week for more on Beer For My Horses, plus an extended Q&A with Keith, where he riffs on gun-control, the Iraq war, gay marriage and PC ethnic jokes. Meanwhile, click above for a clip from the film.

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