Matthew McConaughey wants to share the love.
“This is the perfect answer for the next Sexiest Man Alive,” McConaughey said of his The Dark Tower co-star in this week’s issue of People.
While the duo play enemies onscreen in the new sci-fi film, Elba was duly flattered. "[That’s] such a compliment coming from this man!” he responded.
And even if the British actor were to take the title this year (look for the annual issue in November), McConaughey still considers Sexiest Man Alive a permanent honor.
“That’s the thing about this crown,” McConaughey said. “You get it until the day you leave this earth. And if you’re a believer, you take it into the next life.”
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McConaughey plays the villainous Man in Black in the adaptation of Stephen King’s series of fantasy novels.
“This version was reality based,” he explained. “I’m the Man in Black, but I’m not in spandex. There’s a very human element to it in a very fantastic world.”
Elba plays the justice-defending Gunslinger. “These are real people,” he said. “I got to do some incredibly thought-out gunslinging, with one foot steeped in reality.”
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