“Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.” – Rust Cohle
After many years as the go-to leading man for dire romantic comedies and roles that required nothing more than standing around without a shirt – Matthew McConaughey’s transition into one of the greatest actors alive today has been nothing short of astounding.
So how does someone go from earning a reputation as Hollywood’s biggest waster into an Academy award winner in just a few short years?
According to the man himself, it was just a simple change in focus. It turned out that he wanted to “make some movies that I would pick out, that I would see.”
Approaching his 40’s and worried that his lure as a leading man was coming to an end, McConaughey stepped away from the public eye and entered a strange, yet carefully orchestrated ‘drying out’ period in which he turned down every offer than came his way.
The plan worked. He was a forgotten man. It was time to finally put the past decade behind him and rebrand himself as a serious actor.
Taking smaller, character driven roles – the reinvention began with movies such as The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe and Mud before reaching the career high excellence of Dallas Buyers Club and his potential Emmy winning performance as Rust Cohle in HBO’s True Detective.
The metamorphosis was complete.
Why the need for change? He had a great life. Recently married with 3 children and an unfathomably healthy bank balance, he could have surfed his way into semi-retirement and no one would have batted an eyelid.
But, like any great actor when presented with the role of a lifetime – he simply became.
“For the next two months, I’m playing the character of Matthew McConaughey, an actor proud of the films he’s been in,” he says, before again opting for the third person. “And if any of those films or his performances are in awards shows, he’s going to go, heart high and head up, and look them all in the eye and say, ‘Damn right this is a great time in my career.’ That’s the role I’m in now. I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.” Variety.com
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