Matthew McConaughey shared details about his character in The Dark Tower that could confuse Stephen King’s avid readers.
Anticipation for The Dark Tower has been high ever since the prolific writer made the official announcement on Twitter. Stephen King announced early on the role of McConaughey as the man in black depicted in the series of novels. He opted to be part of this particular movie instead of playing Randall Flagg in The Stand. Yet they are generally one and the same character within the books as most of King’s readers know. While his character might be the notorious archenemy within the realm of King’s works, the Oscar winner seems to have a different view.
“Well, he is a man, actually. They wanted to go very human and grounded with this. Obviously there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter. But we didn’t want to go overly fantastic. That would drop the humanity. So Walter, for me, is a man who exposes hypocrisies,” McConaughey told Entertainment Weekly.
Moreover, the villain has nothing but respect for the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) who wants to exact vengeance on him. McConaughey even described his character’s adversary as his muse. Hence, Walter helped rouse the Gunslinger’s need for revenge to suit his own evil purpose, that is, to bring down the Tower.
Walter’s own quest leads him to Richard Sayre (Jackie Earle Haley) who supposedly possesses The Shine. He intends to use the boy to bring down the Tower. However, Walter might have a hard time convincing Sayre to help him. As it turns out, the boy’s power warned him about the monster who is after him. Moreover, it showed him the image of the cowboy who could be his savior. Hence, the gunslinger goes after Walter, the man in black pursues the boy, while The Shine seeks Roland’s help.
According to Slash Film, Susannah and Eddie’s appearances are apparently reserved for the sequel. Matthew McCounaghey proposed this track from Black Sabbath as a likely theme song for his character in The Dark Tower.