Trailer Park

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - By MUMTAJ BEGUM en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

THE lat­est trailer for the fan­tasy-thriller The Dark Tower re­veals a few key in­for­ma­tion – the most re­veal­ing is per­haps how con­vinc­ing Matthew McConaughey is as the vil­lain.

This award-win­ning ac­tor needs to stop play­ing the hero be­cause from just a cou­ple of scenes in this 90-sec­ond trailer, we are con­vinced he makes a great bad­die. So good is he as the vil­lain that the au­di­ence might even take his side, in­stead of the hero.

The trailer also show­cases how Idris Elba’s char­ac­ter, The Gun­slinger, reloads his guns in such a cool man­ner.

Sure, the di­a­logue in which Elba talks about not shoot­ing with his hand but with his mind, and not killing with his guns but with his heart sounds corny, but the vi­su­als ac­com­pa­ny­ing the speech are sim­ply ar­rest­ing.

The Dark Tower, based on a se­ries of nov­els from Stephen King, tells the story of the last Gun­slinger, Roland Deschain, who is try­ing to stop the Man In Black, Wal­ter O’Dim, from de­stroy­ing the Dark Tower, which holds the uni­verse to­gether.

These char­ac­ters are in an­other di­men­sion, and they cross over to our world – bring­ing de­struc­tion with them.

In an in­ter­view with En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, Elba said of his char­ac­ter: “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.”

In the books, Roland is a white man with blue eyes. When the mag­a­zine asked the ac­tor about the change, Elba said: “There should be no dif­fer­ence. The char­ac­ter that was writ­ten in Stephen’s imag­i­na­tion, it could be any colour. It just hap­pens to be me, you know? And in the art­work, it just so hap­pens to be a white guy, but I don’t think that makes any dif­fer­ence . ... I think what’s great about it, if I want to say any­thing about it, is that it is a sign of the times in terms of a colour­less so­ci­ety. Peo­ple go, ‘A good ac­tor is a good ac­tor,’ you know?”

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