Matthew McConaughey is no longer saying "alright, alright, alright" to lighthearted roles. The actor has turned his attention to films with more serious themes. In fact, he even passed up the opportunity to play Marvel's next big villain because he thought he'd "feel like an amendment".
McConaughey was the first choice to play Star-Lord's diabolical father in #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2. However, he passed up the role for something with more of a Westworld-style vibe: A film sequel to Stephen King's sci-fi Western novel series, #TheDarkTower.
What Is 'The Dark Tower'?
The Dark Tower involves elements of fantasy and horror, and is based around a quest to find a tower that may help prevent the extinction of mankind. There's multiple dimensions, gunslingers and even monsters. McConaughey will play evil sorcerer Walter Paddick, a role unlike anything he's ever done before. In an interview with Playboy, he revealed what he found so appealing about the movie:
"It’s a fantastic thriller that takes place in another realm, an alternate universe, but it’s very much grounded... 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."
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It's the logical next step for McConaughey, who moved on from his early-2000s rom-com phase to pursue more serious acting gigs, such as Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar. McConaughey is now focused on taking on movies with a less humorous tone:
"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."
Too Good For 'Guardians'?
While he admitted to being a fan of the first film, the actor said that he wasn't interested in a "successful" movie like Guardians of the Galaxy 2 simply because they had "room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor".
Considering his prior parts in lighthearted movies like Tropic Thunder and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, it's almost surprising to see McConaughey pass up the opportunity to crack jokes alongside the hilarious Chris Pratt. But it's clear to see that McConaughey's acting priorities have had a significant shift, and The Dark Tower fits right in with the direction his career is headed in.
The Right Decision?
Kurt Russell will now play Star-Lord's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But will he be able to nail the role, or will fans still prefer McConaughey, Marvel's first — and possibly best — choice?
This isn't the only potential role McConaughey won't be adding to his CV. Check out these other roles that he was considered for, and think about what might have been:
20th Century Fox were incredibly keen on McConaughey for the role of Jack. Unfortunately for him, James Cameron was insistent on Leonardo DiCaprio, and McConaughey missed out on what became the film of the decade.
'The Jackal'— The Jackal
McConaughey was considered for the lead role of crazed assassin "The Jackal", but turned down the offer. The part was eventually given to Bruce Willis. McConaughey went on to star in Contact and Armistad that same year.
The Dark Tower premieres July 2017. In the meantime, check out the evolution of Matthew McConaughey throughout his career: