My Love for Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey is having his moment in the sun this awards season. I’m having my I-Told-You-So moment + I will tell you about the McConaughey Experience that I had one summer.
I’ve never given up on Matthew McConaughey. All my friends would be like, “Man, I don’t get that one! He is so cheesy! You just love the cheese!”. I was like, “You don’t understand, he’s genius!”. No one believed me.
Major sad face. But I never lost the faith. It was just a matter of time.
Oh, what about my McConaughey Experience? I was driving down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in Malibu. Traffic was extremely slow + there was a long line up of cars. “What the heck is going on?!” I wondered as I tried to look ahead for the cause of this traffic. I saw a large white van + cynically said, “Oh, it’s a follow up van. They must be shooting. Ugh.”.
Working in the film industry, I recognized the follow up van. It’s a big white transportation vehicle filled with hair, makeup, costumes + other film crew that follow the rigged car containing the actors while they’re filming. I have sat in these vans many a time.
After a while, they finally let us pass. “I gotta see who’s shooting.” I thought to myself. First I passed the follow up van + as I passed the car with the actors, Matthew McConaughey was in the driver’s seat + at that moment when I looked at him, he turned, looked at me + gave me a huge smile. I was struck blind. “Aaack, my eyes!!!”.
Well this year Jeff + I have actually managed to see some movies that are up for awards. Matthew McConaughey is nominated for this year’s Oscars for “Dallas Buyers Club”. He is so, so, so amazing in this role, y’all. They shot the movie with a limited budget + on a 25 day schedule which is totally insane. There were almost no rehearsals + McConaughey totally nailed it. You’ve got to see it.
And you know I’ve got a thing for vintage western wear, moustaches + aviator sunglasses so it’s a complete win-win situation.
And “Wolf of Wall Street”? He pretty much steals every scene that he’s in. Not to mention how amazing his hair looks in the movie. Don’t worry it’s not a spoiler – but did you know that the weird chest beating chant that he hums in the film is something McConaughey does in real life before he shoots a scene? Leonardo DiCaprio observed this super amazing ritual on set + wanted it added into the film.
I’ve got to add in his acceptance speech for “Magic Mike” at the Spirit Awards in 2013. It will make you smile, his intro is classic. The majority of films today are total crap + what he says about independent film making will warm your heart. Big budget films can suck it.
He is such a freak + an eccentric. And a previously underestimated actor. Jeff can’t even dispute these facts, so he doesn’t get jealous because I think he might have a little man crush himself. I never watch the Oscars, but on March 2nd I’m going to be rooting for Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor!