The Boogeyman’s David Dastmalchian faced personal demons to star in the Stephen King horror film

One of the cast of The black manDirected by Rob Savage, it stars David Dastmalchian, who initially turned down the opportunity to star in the film on several occasions for personal reasons. In the film, Dastmalchian plays Lester Billings, who transforms the lives of his psychiatrist and the doctor’s two children by exposing them to the monster of the same name.


The film is based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King, of whom Dastmalchian is a big fan. In an interview with Weekly entertainment, Dastmalchian revealed he has the original story dog ​​on his shelf. However, he repeatedly turned down the role because the prospect of invading Lester’s headspace frightened him.

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“I’m someone who nearly took my life multiple times, and that’s a theme this story plays on. So the first few times I actually said, ‘I don’t think I can do this’.” Round. Then I thought a lot about what Stephen King means to me and I thought about this director, Rob, and what his vision means because we met and talked. And then I said, “Okay, let’s see what happens.” And it was hard, man. It was really hard.

In the past, Dastmalchian’s struggles with depression led him to take drugs in high school to self-medicate. Then, after moving to Chicago for DePaul University’s theater program, he became addicted to heroin and became homeless. After attending a psychiatric facility and rehab, Dastmalchian worked as a telemarketer and gave free theatrical performances while auditioning for Christopher Nolan second Batman film.

“One of the greatest filmmakers of all time looked at me and said, ‘Yes, you. Come and be a part of this. On my last day of shooting.’ The dark knightI remember walking past the alley where I slept when I was homeless and struggling with my addiction. That experience, when I was on the set of a film for the first time, changed my life in every way imaginable.

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David Dastmalchian has taken on many different roles

David Dastmalchian in The Dark Knight
Warner Bros. Pictures

After his brief but memorable performance as Thomas Schiff in the dark knight, Dastmalchian has appeared in several notable projects such as Bob Taylor prisonersKurt in ant manand Polka Dot Man in The Suicide Squad. In addition, Dastmalchian also writes a little, for example Count Crowley Comics dealing with addiction and mental wellbeing, subjects close to his heart.

“The stuff is so stigmatized. I’m just a character actor; I’m not a movie star and I don’t have a huge platform with billions of fans. But whenever I get the chance [I say that] The reality [is] we need to get rid of these damn scars; We need to talk to each other about these things. We must not be as vulnerable as we need to be to be healthy and live the lives we are capable of. I think we’re on the way, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Dastmalchian believes in the old adage “there are no small parts” and is passionate about how he was able to work in the horror genre. Next to The black mananother upcoming horror project for the actor Late night with the devil. King himself has seen both films and given them his seal of approval.

“Stephen King sent our director a personal email telling him how much he loved it The black man, which is a great honor for me. He then tweeted that he saw a secret clip of it Late night with the devil, and he wrote this rave review about it. So right now I have some surreal horror dog transcendence. Stephen King seems to have liked two of the things I helped make this year, and The Right there it feels like I’m going, “Oh! “Okay, I can retire.” Although I will never drop out.”

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