McConaughey is expected to play the role of villain, Randall Flagg, in director Josh Boone’s The Stand, a four-part movie series based on Stephen King’s 1978 novel.
McConaughey appears on the cover of People magazine’s November 17 issue. He writes about the ten moments that changed his life as a guest writer for the magazine. On the loss of his father, Jim:
A boy loses his father, he quickly becomes a man. I was 22. I remember clearly the sobriety I felt in the pain of my father passing. The sorrow refined me, and I never looked at the world the same again.
McConaughey receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. McConaughey attends the ceremony with wife, Camila Alves, and their children Levi, Vida and Livingston.
McConaughey sells clothes from his closet on the Sharity.org website to earn money for his charity, j.k. livin Foundation, which focuses on promoting healthy living for children. McConaughey:
From moms to dad, to family, to community, it takes the best will and support from everyone to raise the healthiest children we have in society.
In this science-fiction drama, directed by Christopher Nolan, McConaughey plays Cooper, a former NASA pilot and engineer. Cooper leaves his family to explore another galaxy to find a potentially habitable planet, carrying with him the seeds of human life in an effort to save mankind. Co-starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
At the heart of it, I saw this character, a father who had children, who had a choice, the most extreme circumstances: to go off, live a dream — not only a personal dream but also something that could also salvage humanity.
McConaughey appears on the cover of the November issue of GQ. McConaughey discusses his marriage to Camila Alves and having children. McConaughey on proposing to Alves:
I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, ‘C’mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We’ll-Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either s–t or get off the pot.
McConaughey is roasted by several of his leading ladies at the American Cinematheque annual awards celebration. Those honoring McConaughey include Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner and Kate Hudson. Hudson on McConaughey visiting her parents cabin in Canada:
I found him standing on a rock, butt-naked, howling [at the moon]. I was like, ‘Okay – there’s Matthew McConaughey.
He’s the kind of guy who dances with your mother at your wedding. He danced with my mother – everyone’s mother! That’s the kind of person that you have on your speed dial. He cares. He really cares about people, and I think that comes through in his work.
McConaughey voices his opinion on the controversy over the name of his favorite pro football team Washington Redskins in an interview with GQ.
Man, it’s twofold. What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, “No, gotta change it”? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, “No, we really want the name.” That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: “I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places. It’s just… I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.
McConaughey is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Detective Rustin Cohle on True Detective.
I am honored to be nominated with such a talented field of actors. This is a tremendous category filled with some riveting performances. Thank you for this recognition.
McConaughey appears on the cover of People to discuss marriage, his career, and fatherhood.
My life outside my career is extremely enriching. So I am letting that feed my work, and letting my work feed my life. If I can keep that reciprocity going, that’s where I’d like to be.
McConaughey wins Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. He beats Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiorfor, and Leonardo DiCaprio. This is his first Oscar nomination and win. He thanks God, his wife and children, and his mother and father. He ends with his signature line from Dazed and Confused:
All right, all right, all right.
McConaughey is nominated for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for portraying Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
This is the first time for me to be nominated, to be a part of a film and a performance that’s been making these award rounds and people are shining a light on it. Whether it ever happens again, I don’t know. Even if it does, it’s still my first time.
McConaughey wins the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama at the 71st Golden Globes for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
This movie was never about dyin’, it was always about livin’, with that I say, just keep.
McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. He initially refuses to accept the diagnosis, but after being ostracized by family and friends, fired from his job, and evicted from his home, he sets out to help other victims get off-label drugs that will keep them alive. This biographical drama is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
When that came out, remember, no one knew about the disease or where it came from. Everyone thought it was a homosexual disease. This guy gets it; he thought he had a flu, a bug he can’t kick. He took his life into his own hands and really pioneered progressive research into unapproved vitamins and drugs that the FDA wasn’t letting into America for people with HIV to take at the time. It’s a wonderful story told from an original point of view. I haven’t seen the subject matter told from the point of view of a heterosexual man.
In this drama-thriller directed by Jeff Nichols. McConaughey plays Mud, who is hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud befriends two boys and describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. Co-starring Resse Witherspoon, and Samp Shepard.
There have been characters I’ve met, and most of them probably being in the rural South [who] had little, you know … bits of knowledge like Mud, but nobody as fully committed and with a full constitution like Mud. I mean, Mud, if he ever came to the so-called mainland and got off of the proverbial island and was sort of reined in by civilization, I don’t think he’d survive. So he’s really getting his knowledge from the stars, from the river, from Mother Nature — and that’s one of the great things about the South. [It’s] inevitable that’s where you’re gaining your knowledge of how the world works, because you’re just engrossed in the middle of Mother Nature.
Elle Magazine interviews McConaughey about losing 45 pounds for his part as Ron Woodroof in the film The Dallas Buyers Club.
I got down to 137 pounds. My body was like a baby bird in its nest with its mouth open, ‘Feed me, feed me. Finally it just goes, ‘Damn man, Dad’s not going to feed us!’ The hardest part is, the day seems four hours longer. You’re forced to entertain yourself because food is entertainment, you know? We spend so much time sublimatin’, thinkin’ about, What am I going to have for lunch, dinner?
McConaughey plays Mike Lane, who has big plans for a business of his own but pays his bills through a series of odd jobs, most notably performing as the star stripper at Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa, in this comedy drama directed by Steven Soderbergh. Co-starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, and Joe Manganiello.
The character was a wonderful capitalist. He was a hardcore capitalist. My mind worked a lot in preparation of this character, in terms of what’s going to make the most money. How are we going to entertain these women for two hours? The music has to be on cue, the lighting, the intros, exits, keep the show going. We’re not going to do any of that goofy stuff with dwarfs coming out. No one is going to be running out with big dildos sticking out of their thongs.
McConaughey plays Joe Cooper, a police detective who has a side career as a contract killer will do the job for an upfront fee, that Chris (Emile Hirsch) and Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) can’t pay. Joe offers to take Chris’ younger sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as a “retainer” until the insurance comes through. This action drama is directed by William Friedkin and co-stars Gina Gershon.
Joe is like a black panther.Every movement is deliberate, minimal. Never really exposing light, not out to really define himself, not out to help you understand who he is, not out to ‘let’s keep this conversation rolling.’ Not out to make friends.
McConaughey and his wife, Alves, appears on the cover of People to discuss the ceremony they had and how their son wanted them to marry. Source:
No one could hear what Matthew said to her. Everyone could see Camila’s reaction: First she was smiling and laughing, then you could see her crying. One of the most emotional moments was something nobody could hear. It was beautiful.
In this thriller directed by Lee Daniels, McConaughey plays Ward Jansen, an idealistic reporter, who along with his younger brother, Jack Jansen (Zac Efron), investigate the events surrounding a murder in an effort to exonerate a man on death row, Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack). Co-starring David Oyelowo, Nicole Kidman, Macy Gray, and Scott Glenn.
You wanna see a guy get in shape, tell him his (butt) is going to be 40-foot-high on a screen. It’s me doing everything with the spray tans and all. It’s going to be a hoot.
In this comedy drama is directed by Richard Linklater, McConaughey plays Danny Buck Davidson, a local district attorney, who charges Tiede (Jack Black) with first-degree murder, accused of killing Nugent (Shirley MacLaine).
I started with Bernie and then talked to Scrappy (the defense attorney) as well. Jack wanted to meet Bernie so we facilitated that. I went to the trial about 15 years ago. I was into it back then. I wanted to see him testify. So yeah, it’s tricky when you do something that’s based on real events, real people. You know, I was concerned about the families and you try to be as accurate as you possibly can.
In this legal thriller, directed by Brad Furman, McConaughey plays Mickey Haller, who represents a high-profile client on charges of attempted murder. But as new evidence continues to pile on, Haller starts to grow suspicious that perhaps his client isn’t telling him everything. Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bryan Cranston, and William H. Macy.
The whole script had movement, in its simplest form, for the mobile office. The Lincoln had such great entrances and exits from scenes. Open up, the Lincoln pulls in, he gets out. It’s a great segue-way. It’s literally a vehicle for segue-ways. That was something true about these guys who do what he does. They don’t stop. Everything is moving, like a dance. They’ve always got a few things going. They have a dexterity that is always on the move.
McConaughey plays Connor Mead, a famous photographer who becomes reacquainted with Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), the only girl who ever captured his heart. Connor meets the ghost of his uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) in the bathroom who informs him that he will be visited by three ghosts who will lead him through his romantic past, present, and future. This romantic comedy is directed by Mark Waters and co-stars Breckin Meyer, Emma Stone, and Christina Milian.
Yeah, the ghosts were a big unrealistic thing, but that’s just one of the things that made this one original. Because usually it’s just guy-girl, guy-girl, guy-girl, you know we’re going to split up, look at the poster, you we’re going to get together at the end but, hopefully, you’re going to be entertained in how we get together at the end. This had a huge twist. Ghosts, we had go back.
McConaughey gives interview to Elle about being the DJ in the delivery room with his daughter is born.
Oh, they’ll (pregnant women) snap. Camila was the one who wanted the music, but she was also really quick to say, Skip that f-ckin’ song! So here I was blazing through this playlist while she’s nodding her head yay or nay, and I’m like, This next song better have that groove or I’m going to have to run across the bed and change it.
McConaughey plays Benjamin “Finn” Finnegan, a treasure hunter looking for a treasure from a Spanish galleon, known as the Aurelia, in this adventure-romance film is directed by Andy Tennant. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Ewen Bremner, Ray Winstone, and Donald Sutherland.
A cool and adventurous part of the whole thing in Australia. I mean, everything in the water, in the air, on the land, bites hard, and is somehow poisonous. And you just don’t go strolling out into the jungle. You just don’t go swimming out into the ocean. Everyone there has to know their stuff before heading out. And then, sharks, and I had pythons in my trees in my little beach hut I was living in.
McConaughey appears on the cover of People after learning that his wife is pregnant with their first child.
Camila and I made a baby together … it’s three months growin’ in her womb. We are stoked and wowed.
McConaughey plays Tripp, a 35-year-old man, who is still living with his parents Al (Terry Bradshaw) and Sue (Kathy Bates). His parents hire an expert, Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), who builds up his confidence and transfers his attachment from his parents to her and later on developing real feelings for him. This romantic comedy film is directed by Tom Dey. Co-starring Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper.
I wanted to find a way for Tripp’s character to move forward. He’s living at home. His parents think he’s got this ‘problem,’ but he thinks he’s got it figured out. Life’s good. ‘I love my parents, they love me. I’ve got great friends, I’m a good friend to ‘em. Rent’s paid. Mom’s a great cook, folds the clothes. What’s not to like?’ And one of the other reasons you discover he’s staying home deals with the loss of his fiance in the past. All of it gives him a dignified, lighthearted way to move forward.
McConaughey plays Benjamin Barry, an advertising executive who wants to get the account for a diamond company. He bets he could make any woman fall in love with him if he wanted to before the upcoming company ball, in just 10 days. This romantic comedy film is directed by Donald Petrie. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Adam Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth.
I do love women. Ben loves women. That was a great perspective of his that he believed and that I buy. Part of that’s not objectifying them. Ben does it in that line where he says, “Well, that sounds cocky.” No, it’s confident. Why? Because, like he says, “Whether they’re eight years old, 35 years old or my 88-year-old grandmother, I love women. Mother nature, mermaids, the white buffalo. All women.” It’s a wonderful sex, man. One that we’re never going to figure out. That’s for damn sure.
McConaughey plays Steve Edison, a local pediatrician who saves and pulls Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez) away just before the dumpster crashes. They later go out on a date, dance, watch a movie, and almost kiss. This romantic comedy film is directed by Adam Shankman. Co-starring Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Justin Chambers, Judy Greer, Alex Rocco and Joanna Gleason.
There’s a real optimism to this film. It’s buoyant, a fairy tale that we’ve all heard one time or another, that you’re going to meet someone and it’s going to be true love and you’ll know it. It’s very innocent. And it’s a comedy set-up, so the thing to do is to play it at an even keel and as straightforward as possible. The dialogue and situations are already comedic, so I was trying to ground it as much as possible. But when I saw it, there were things that were coming out of my mouth where I was wondering, “Did you just say that?”
McConaughey plays Lieutenant Andrew Tyler, a young naval officer, passed over to captain his own submarine, forced, through dire circumstances, to make some hard choices and learn about leadership. This war drama is directed by Jonathan Mostow. Co-starring Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Bon Jovi.
Subjectively speaking, I wanted to do this film because of the character whom I liked a lot. I wanted to play a leader of men, that heroic character. I wanted to go be ‘the man’, take care of business and get physical.
McConaughey plays Edward “Ed” Pekurny, a video store clerk who agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show, in this comedy drama directed by Ron Howard. Co-starring Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Hurley, Dennis Hopper, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Reiner, Martin Landau, and Sally Kirkland.
I was ready to go to a weekend character. This is the lighter side of things. You know, my research was my Friday and Saturday nights with my friends, having a good time, and all of a sudden laughing at something and writing down what we laughed at and going, ‘What if that’s Ed’s sense of humor?
McConaughey plays Jake Brigance, a lawyer. who agrees to defend Carl Lee, who is accused of the murder of two rapists. This action drama is directed by Joel Schumacher. Co-starring Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, and Donald Sutherland.
I went out in the yard and yelled `(bleep) yeah!’ about twenty times. Then I went back into the house, got down on my knees and thanked God for the opportunity he had given me.
McConaughey plays California Angels outfielder Ben Williams in the comedy-drama. The prayers of a young boy that the Angels will start winning, and his family will reunite, are answered. Co-starring Danny Glover, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Adrien Brody, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. McConaughey talks about getting paid to make a film about baseball:
It’s the American dream isn’t it. I’ll tell you what. When they said we’re going to fly him out here to play ball for ten weeks, and I’m getting paid for it! How about that?
McConaughey plays David Wooderson, a 20 year old loser who still hangs out with high schoolers and uses marijuana to socialize with people, in this comedy drama is written and directed by Richard Linklater. Co-starring Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck.
The character of Wooderson is about four things: He’s about his car, he’s about getting high, he’s about getting high, he’s about rock and roll, and picking up chicks.
Matthew McConaughey is born in Uvalde, Texas to Mary Kathleen and James Donald McConaughey. His father runs an oil pipe supply businesses while his mother is a published author. He has two elder brothers. He attends Longview High School.
I had a very fortunate upbringing. I had mom and dad that spent a lot of time with us.