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Matthew McConaughey talks about his decision to shift from romcoms

Matthew McConaughey decided to go for the experience rather than the money when choosing roles like Interstellar and Magic Mike.

hollywood Updated: Jul 03, 2018 14:51 IST
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Matthew McConaughey, a cast member in the upcoming film White Boy Rick, addresses the audience during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon 2018.(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Matthew McConaughey has weighed upon his decision to stop featuring in romantic comedies and instead opting for serious “deep” acting roles.

The 48-year-old actor started out his Hollywood career with a string of romcoms and turned towards more diverse roles with films such as Mud, Magic Mike, The Wolf of Wall Street and Interstellar for the “experience”.

His decision ultimately bore the fruit and he won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in the biographical film Dallas Buyers Club.

Matthew McConaghuey in Magic Mike.

“That whole thing was much less of a 180 for myself than people seemed to think. There was this narrative of ‘then’ and ‘now’. I didn’t get a new acting coach or take a new class. I just said, ‘F**k the bucks - I’m going for the experience’ in the things I was choosing,” McConaughey told Cigar Aficionado.

“I quit trying to project how something would be received and decided to just be an actor for hire again. I love being an actor and going as deep as you can in a role, to really commit to the craft. I put my head down and went after roles that scared me,” he added.

Matthew McConaghuey in Interstellar.

The actor is now looking forward to the release of his next White Boy Rick, the latest drama from “‘71” director Yann Demange.

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First Published: Jul 03, 2018 14:48 IST