Matthew McConaughey On Being the Rom-Com Guy! Matthew McConaughey joins the podcast Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take to promote his new memoir, Greenlights and chats:
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Matthew McConaughey On Finding Out He was Cool and His Inspiration for Wooderson in Dazed & Confused:
PMT: “This might be a weird question, I’m sure you’ve been asked it before, but when did you find out that, like, you were just cool? When was that moment? Did you know early on, ‘I’m just cooler than people?’”
MM: (Laughing) “Oh man…”
PMT: “Like that laugh is cool…”
MM: “I looked up to my big brother, Pat, and he was the coolest man. I mean, I write about it in the book. He was my inspiration for (Woody) Wooderson in Dazed and Confused. Now, to this day, was he that guy? And he’s like, you know, comes to me – “Thanks a lot, man,” and I’m like, “nah, dude, it was you. (recounts story) I remember Mom and I went to go pick you up at school because your Z28, which is super fucking cool, was broke down and we were picking you up from school and we couldn’t find you because you weren’t where we were supposed to meet us. And I’m in the back of the station wagon and I’m looking out and I see the silhouette of this dude leaning against the wall, brick wall in the shadow section of the smoking section of school. He’s got his left leg up boot heel against the wall, hanging a cigarette in a lazy red hand bringing it up, tokin it and I go, ‘there’s Pat.’” And I had to stop because I knew he’d get in trouble for smoking, but it was my brother, and man and that image in my eyes outside the back of that station wagon, he was cooler than James Dean, he was 10 feet tall, man. He was the stud. And so that’s who sort of where Wooderson came based off of. We’ve been taught…look, I think what’s cool here’s what’s cool. But, being yourself and being cool with yourself and just not trying to be everything to everybody… You’re trying, you know. I got no problem with nerds, I just don’t like dorks. A dork tries to be everything to everybody and you can’t really trust them. Yeah, I know some nerds that are real cool. I know some very cool nerds, but I’m not a fan of dorks. Give me an asshole before you give me a dork. At least I know where the assholes stand, you know what I mean?”
Matthew McConaughey On Being the Rom-Com Guy and Re-Branding Himself to Get Bigger Roles:
PMT: “You’ve done a million movies. They’re all I mean, you’ve done some unbelievable movies. You won an Oscar. You had your rom com stretch. Did you have a moment where you’re like, “I’m just going to start making…I’ve done the rom com thing and now I’m gonna make kick ass movies that everyone’s like…’These are incredible and I’m an incredible actor.’ Did you have that moment in your head where you flip the switch?”MM: “No. Here’s what happened. So I’m rolling in rom coms, they’re very successful. I’m the rom com guy. I took the baton from Hugh Grant years before he ran with it, right? They’re fun, they’re easy, I like doing them, they pay well, they’re paying for the rent of my house on the beach that I’m running around surfing shirtless on. I’m like going, ‘hell yeah.’ But around that time, I met Camila, my now wife, and we made a baby and had Levi, so I’ve got a newborn. All of a sudden my life is more full than it’s ever been. My life is vital man, I’ve had a newborn. I’m finally a father. I’ve met the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. You know, I laugh louder, I love harder, I have more rage, I have more joy, life is just full. In the ceiling of the basement of how I feel, life is alive. But in my work, I’m feeling kind of like ehh I can get another rom com, I could do that tomorrow morning. It didn’t have the vitality I needed, I wasn’t feeling challenged by it. So I said, I wonder if I can find some work that can challenge the vitality of my life that I’m living in right now and the man I am in it. Well, the work that I wanted to do to challenge that was not getting offered to me. Those movies I wanted to do, they were like, ‘No, not with you McConaughey – you’re the rom com shirtless guy, we’re not gonna let you do this movie.’ O OK, so I said if I can’t do what I want to do, I’m going to quit doing what I’ve been doing. And I remember talking with my money man saying, hey, I’m about to stop doing rom coms, those things that are often offered to me, how do I handle my money, because you handled my money well, you can take off work for a while. I checked with my agent, I checked with Camila – dropped many a tear on her shoulder going, ‘I’m about to stop doing what I’ve been doing and I don’t know how long I’m gonna go on without work. This could go on for a while. I’m gonna get wobbly. You know what I mean? Jeez, am I gonna, you know, with no work and no significance to pursue every day. Am I gonna start wanting to have a drink earlier in the day? You know what I mean? I’m gonna need to stay on the rails here and I’m going to need your help with just not being able to work.” You know? A man gets his significance from his work. And I’m choosing to say no more work. Well, for six months nothing came in but rom com offers. And I got a funny story about this…so like, how puritanical was I about not doing these? This one comes in for a million dollar offer. I read it, it’s pretty good, but it’s a rom com. I say no. Comes back with a 10 million dollar offer, I say no. Comes back with a 12.5 million dollar offer, uh…I say no. Comes back at a 14.5 million dollar offer. What do I say? Let me read that son of a bitch again. Now I read it and it was the exact same words as the original one, right? (laughing) But man, it was better written, it was funnier, it was more dramatic, I had more angles on this thing, I could make this work. It was the same words as the original offer, but a much more well-written script at that offer. Anyway, I passed and when I passed on that Hollywood sort of got the signal – OK, McConaughey is not bullshiting, he’s not doing the rom coms or the action comedies anymore. So another year goes by. Nothing comes in. Nothing comes in. I talk to my agent every couple of weeks. It’s just like nothing. Nothing. A total of 20 months went by and all of a sudden, Killer Joe comes my way, Mud comes my way, Magic Mike comes my way, The Paperboy, True Detective, I can get Dallas Buyers Club made. All of a sudden, these movies and this run that I went on come to me. So why? Well, I unbranded in that 20 months. You didn’t see me. The industry didn’t see me as a rom com guy. You didn’t see me in the tabloids shirtless on the beach. So all of a sudden, Matthew McConaughey for this dramatic role is now a new novel, good idea and a good idea that I wouldn’t have been 20 months prior. So I unbranded to rebrand basically.”
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