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Matthew McConaughey: 'My Agent Did A Good Job Saying No' To Romantic Comedies

For years Matthew McConaughey starred in romantic comedies but the actor says he wasn't satisfied.

In an interview with the Guardian, McConaughey says he started to reassess his career while wife while Camila was pregnant with their eldest child.

"You know the story," he says of movies like 'The Wedding Planner', 'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days' and 'Failure To Launch'. "Boy meets girl, we break up in the middle, boy chases her down at the end and meets her on a bridge or a moped. But you want to enjoy who you go there with, the male and the female."

"They are thin, by design. You come in on a cloud and you skip from cloud to cloud, and if you drop anchor in a romantic comedy, you will sink the ship. If it's a scene where boy meets girl and I get really mad for a second, uh-uh, cut. 'You can’t get mad because we won't believe you can make it back.' That's how it goes."

"The ceiling and the basement of your emotions – how much pain can I feel, how happy can I be, how loud can I laugh? – that's designed to be a very thin wavelength, much closer together."

He admits he thought "that same script, same words, with a $5 million offer, is so much better written than the one with the $1 million offer."

But McConaughey remembers when he began saying no to every script that came in.

"So the anxiety was, well, how long is nothing going to come in? Having a family helps, but I feel like I always need to be accomplishing something, for my own happiness and significance."

"I gotta work. The anxiety was in how long will it be dry, how long will we get nothing? My agent did a good job saying no, no, no. Then the studios got the message and quit sending them. Then there was an impasse of nothing. And there was nothing for about eight months."

The actor eventually decided "F**k the bucks – I'm going for the experience" and stayed the course. That's when he landed 'Killer Joe' and 'Mud' before winning an Oscar for 'Dallas Buyers Club'.

Interestingly, McConaughey says, despite appearances, his acting process hasn't changed.

"People would say, 'He used to just roll out of bed and go and now he got serious. No. I had just as many bookmarks and notes in those rom-coms as in True Detective or Dallas Buyers or Gold."

January 30, 2017 |

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