Matthew McConaughey Responds to Film ‘The Sea of Trees’ Getting Bood at Cannes

Matthew McConaughey’s latest film The Sea of Trees was met with harsh critics and booing at the Cannes Film Festival when it was screened on Friday (May 15, 2015), but he’s not letting them get him down.

Directed by Gus Van Sant (who won the Palme D’Or and Best Director trophy in 2003 for Elephant) and co-starring Naomi WattsThe Sea of Trees is about “a suicidal American [who] befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out” (according to IMBd).

Variety reports the Oscar-winning actor responded to the vocal criticism during a press conference, and while he didn’t say “alright, alright, alright,” he reacted pretty graciously.

“Anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate,” the 45-year-old actor remarked.

He added,

I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be invited. I’m happy that the film got in. It was a great experience for me,” he said at the film’s presser, which was not so packed.

I liked the experience of making it, and I’m glad we got the opportunity to introduce it to the world. I’m working in the United States, but it’s exciting for me to come here and support work that got I to do with these people.

This is fun. I look at this as sort of [eating] dessert. No matter what, we’ve declared now: here is is! Thanks for having us, hope you enjoy it.

The Sea of Trees’s official screening last night was met more warmly, for what it’s worth.

Check out the best red carpet fashion moments from Cannes 2015 in the gallery above!