Adam Chitwood at Collider on why Matthew McConaughey refused a role in Guardains of the Galaxy 2 in order to work on the Dark Tower movie:
Well, as the actor explains it, it came down to a choice between doing Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 or the Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower. During an interview with Playboy, McConaughey sounded off on why Dark Tower was the more appealing 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.”
Wayne sent me this article a few days ago but I just got around to reading it now and hoooooollly shit am I now insanely hyped for the movie, especially after seeing some of the images (Like the one above of McConaughey in Tull. He shows the calm power and menace the Man In Black should have1).
I hold a special attatchment for the Dark Tower series, I got my first (The Gunslinger) around the time I moved to New Zealand, and was on the fourth (Wizard and Glass) by the time I met Wayne. Despite being my first Steven King book, and most people I knew telling me that it was scary, I never found it to be that. The Gunsligner was surreal in a pleasing way. It created an effect of distortion and mystery to the character and the world which almost entirely sucked me in and got me obsessed with Roland.
- But no insane grin. ↩