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This Is Why Matthew McConaughey Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2’

The Dark Tower

Matthew McConaughey is arguably the most desired actor in the business. The academy award winning performer is on a streak that will hopefully continue with The Dark Tower, an adaptation of the Stephen King novels.

In a recent interview with Playboy, McConaughey discussed his role in The Dark Tower and explained why he chose to play the Man in Black rather than a new character in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.

“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 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.”

Having read some of The Dark Tower series I completely understand why McConaughey would be attracted to play The Man in Black. This is a well written, extremely dark and compelling character that the actor would be able to delve into. That’s not to say Marvel wasn’t offering a great role but often actors aren’t given the same opportunity on superhero blockbusters than on smaller character driven films.

Source: Playboy via Comic Book Movie


Between daydreams of being The Flash, Kieran manages to find the time to read comics, watch movies and keep up with the latest TV Series. The ultimate Superman fanboy his specific interests include the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, and Marvel & DC Comics. Kieran's life goal is to test real-life Iron Man armor. He'd be pretty bummed if he never got to travel the galaxy.

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