McConaughey On Why He Chose “Dark Tower”

Matthew McConaughey has turned down countless roles in his life. Many have been because he has no interest, but some are due to more practical reasons such as scheduling.

In a new interview with Playboy, McConaughey revealed that he turned down a role in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” as he preferred to do the upcoming Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower” which itself could spawn a franchise. He explains why he made that choice:

“I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was ‘It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor.’ I’d feel like an amendment.

The Dark Tower script was well written, I like the director [Nikolaj Arcel] and his take on it, and I can be the creator, the author of the Man in Black – a.k.a. the Devil – in my version of this Stephen King novel.

We’ve done the first one. It’s a fantastic thriller that takes place in another realm, an alternate universe, but it’s very much grounded. For instance, the gunslinger’s weapon isn’t a lightsaber or something; it’s a pistol. I enjoyed approaching my character as if I were the Devil having a good time, getting turned on by exposing human hypocrisies wherever he finds them.”

The choice allows him to create his role from the ground up as opposed to slotting in as another piece in an established puzzle. Both films will be released in cinemas this Summer.