‘The Boogeyman’ Star Had His Doubts About Taking The Role

by Thomas Tuna

The darkness can be overwhelming.

The Boogeyman–the big screen adaptation of the Stephen King short story–landed in theaters yesterday, June 2, but one of it stars wasn’t sure he even wanted to be part of the project at the outset.

David Dastmalchian recently told Collider that when he first read the script, he said, “Absolutely not. I had no interest in portraying Lester Billings. I didn’t care to go there. I’ve done too much stuff in the darkness. I need a break–I can’t do it.”

Dastmalchian said that, with the pandemic, “it was a dark time in all our lives, and to bring to life a guy who–in many ways–represents so many of the things that scared me the most about this life…” But then, he added, he spoke to director Rob Savage about the film, and he admitted, “Ah, I love this guy. Yeah, we’re gonna do this movie together.”

The actor said he “got the truth of Rob’s vision as a director that spoke to the insistence that this was going to be a film that was not constructed for mere entertainment or scares, and that a character like Lester was not a mere device as a conduit of information.”

The PG-13 horror film–helmed by Savage and adapted by Mark Heyman–also stars Marin Ireland, Vivien Lyra Blair, Madison Hu, Chris Messina and Sophie Thatcher.

Taking some liberties with King’s original short story published in the 1978 Night Shift collection, The Boogeyman follows high school student Sadie Harper and her kid sister Sawyer, who are “reeling from the death of their mother, and aren’t getting much support from their father.”

Things get worse when a man shows up at their house, bringing with him “a terrifying entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on The Boogeyman.


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