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Matthew McConaughey Passes on Villain Role in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

With all the buzz about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” it’s easy to forget some of the other big movies that coming around the pike. Sure, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” may be a good year and a half away, but that doesn’t make us any less excited to revisit Star-Lord and his band of misfits.

Recently, we reported that Pom Klementieff, who starred in the Spike Lee “Oldboy” remake, was cast in a mystery role in the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and now Variety is giving an update on another role in the film.

According to the outlet, Matthew McConaughey has recently passed on the key villain role in the film. There is no news about who the villain of the film actually is, but the news is a bit disappointing, as the actor would have made a great addition to the MCU. And, given how recognizable McConaughey is in whatever he plays, he could have gone a long way to solve the villain problem that Marvel has (That is, their seeming inability to create memorable villains outside of Loki).

Then again, now that we’ve heard news that the actor has passed on the role, one has to wonder if this is an indication on the quality of the role. Granted, this is pure speculation, but perhaps McConaughey felt there wasn’t enough of an arc for him to want to play the character. Again, this could be completely wrong. It could be that McConaughey feels that he was just a wrong fit for the role, or hey, maybe it was just a money thing. After all, Marvel is notorious for getting their talent for a relatively low asking price, and McConaughey has gone on the record of saying that money definitely does play a factor in helping him decide what roles he takes.

“It’s very simple for me,” McConaughey said to Variety back in May, when he confirmed he had been reading scripts for Marvel and DC films.

“I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure. Is it the possibility of going, ‘Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do 3, 4, 5, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero.’ But I would also look at something like that and say, ‘Hey, in success that means you are on the train for a while.’ Contractually, you’re going to return to the character over and over. It’s something I asked myself is it something I’d want to return to. Would I be excited to go back and put the shoes on the character again? Going and doing the press tour with that group of people again? I always ask myself those questions again. It starts with the story and character.”

Hopefully his passing is more indicative of him not being a good fit than him not finding the character interesting, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

If McConaughey were to take on a comic book movie role, what do you think would be a good fit for him? Let us know your ideas in the comments down below!

SOURCE: Variety (1), (2)

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