Not a lot of people remember the very beginning of Matthew McConaughey’s career when he was a heart-throb actor who had key roles in romantic comedies. Back in the early 2010’s, Matthew slowly made the transition into more serious films, including The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe, Bernie, Magic Mike, and then eventually, Dallas Buyer’s Club.
Instantaneously, or at least seemingly, Matthew went from being a rom-com actor to a widely revered force in the Hollywood circuit. Following his rise to a juggernaut performer, people began using the term, “the McConaissance.”
That period, the one whereby he became a powerhouse, eventually led to his Oscar win for Best Actor for Dallas Buyer’s Club, in what is possibly one of his greatest roles yet.
Moreover, he received critical acclaim for his work in HBO’s True Detective. He earned an Emmy nomination that year as well. Matthew continued to dominate afterward, including in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, as well as Gold, and The Sea Of Trees.
However, in 2017, his role in The Dark Tower, was a catastrophic one, as it was one of the biggest failures in 2017. Now, Matthew is looking to regain his footing with three new movies this year.
According to McConaughey, the term – “The McConiassance” – was a bit bloated, or in other words, unnecessary, or even an exaggeration. Matthew said that he didn’t change his perspective overnight, he just started going for movies with a great “experience,” rather than just the “bucks.”
Matthew said he shut down all of his other projects at the time and began taking acting extremely seriously. Because he loves the craft, he loves “going as deep as you can in a role,” and fully committing to the artform.
And because of the difficulty of such performance, he felt as though his skill set was increasingly facing a challenge, leading to growth. According to McConaughey, the directors he worked with, allowed him to make progress as an entertainer.
Including William Friedkin in Killer Joe, where everything was done in “one take,” possibly one of the hardest ways to film a movie for an actor. As for how he handled it, Matthew explained that he used the circumstances as a means of “freedom,” rather than fear.