Matthew McConaughey is Proud of His Romantic Comedies, Thank You Very Much
In a new interview with GQ, McConaughey opens up about the rom-com part of his career — you know, pre-True Detective, pre-Dallas Buyers Club, pre-Oscar — and other things like fatherhood, the Washington Redskins and being called “Matt.”
“I’ve never had fears that I was stuck in one thing,” the Interstellar star says in the magazine’s November 2014 issue. “I’m sure we’re going to talk about the years when I was in romantic comedies and I was seen as the guy who was on the beach, running around shirtless. I did that. Damn right that was me. I wasn’t scared like, ‘Oh God, I’m going to be stuck here.’
“Those kinds of movies are what they are,” the 44-year-old actor tells GQ. “They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair. There’s a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy. And some of the shoots were very difficult, with me trying to fight for the balls on the guy.”
Here are some other highlights from McConaughey’s GQ interview.
On becoming a father to his first child Levi:
“Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. Whatever decisions you make in the first six months of becoming a father, double down on them. I mean, you’re meeting the Courier. You’re meeting the Shepherd, the Future Prince. You immediately have something you don’t have to think about.”
On the Washington Redskins’ controversial name (he’s a longtime fan):
“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 not going to hurt me. 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.”
On marrying Camila Alves:
“I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do. I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. So I spent a lot of time with her. We talked about it spiritually. We did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of people that had been divorced, a lot of people that had been happily married. We talked to our pastor. In the end, our understanding was, Let’s go make a covenant, with you, me, and God. And let’s understand that this is not a destination, this is the beginning of an adventure that we’re taking together.”
On if he’s ever been called Matt:
“Never. Never, ever, ever. Some people do it online just to f*ck with me. If anybody’s like, ‘Hey, Matt!’ I don’t even turn around.”
For much more from Matthew McConaughey, pick up the November 2014 issue of GQ.
[All photos courtesy of GQ/Peggy Sirota]