Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Elba and McConaughey opened up about their takes on the legendary Stephen King characters. Elba, who is set to headline as the iconic Gunslinger, elaborated on the character’s mysterious nature and almost mythic qualities:
“There’s a mystical element to him,” Elba tells the outlet. “He’s about 200 years old. He’s been around for a long time, and has a deep-rooted connection with the [supernatural] nature of the film. Roland’s completely tuned into that. When you meet him, he’s very much a stoic man, doesn’t want to talk. But when you get to know him, he really knows quite a bit about the world and his world’s history…When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost. He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s… coiled….Until he meets Jake.”
McConaughey, in turn, plays the villainous man in black, who he describes as a much more grounded character than Elba’s Gunslinger:
“Well, he is a man, actually,” McConaughey says of the villain. “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.”
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