When casting for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, was going on, a huge name was being teased for the coveted role of Star-Lord’s father.
That name was Matthew McConaughey. He was the top choice to play the character and for a month or so, it looked like the deal was pretty much done. But as you all know by now, McConaughey passed on the role and Kurt Russell stepped in to take his place.
It was later revealed that the 47-year-old actor passed on the role because he wanted to work on the Stephen King adaption The Dark Tower.
And in a new interview with Playboy, Mr. Alright explained why he chose Dark Tower over Guardians of the Galaxy:
“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. 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.”
Makes sense to us. He wanted to take a chance and do something a little different. He wanted his own character that he could play around with.
You have to respect that. He didn’t go for the easy role. He’s grown a lot since his Failure to Launch days.