Yes, Matthew McConaughey was offered a role in James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which is set to release next year. However, the Interstellar (2014) star turned it down and instead chose to be a part of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. In a recent interview with Playboy, he revealed the reason for that choice, and it seems to be his ego.
“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.”
If I had to bet, I’d assume McConaughey was offered the role of Ego The Living Planet, Peter Quill’s father, who is now being played by Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight). Would you have liked to see McConaughey join the MCU? Share your opinion in the comments or on Twitter / Instagram!
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Kurt Russell, Glenn Close, Chris Sullivan, Elizabeth Debicki and Pom Klementieff and is set to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.