‘My family asked if I was mentally vegetated!’ Matthew McConaughey reveals he turned down a $14.5 MILLION offer to make an ‘intentional’ switch from rom-coms to dramas
Matthew McConaughey has revealed he once turned down a $14.5 million (£10.9 million) offer to make an ‘intentional’ switch from romantic comedies to dramas.
During Thursday’s edition of the first-ever Loose Men, the actor, 51, said his mother Kay, 88, and brothers Rooster, 66, and Pat, 58, were left puzzled by his decision, with the screen star admitting: ‘They still ask me if I’m mentally vegetated!’
The thespian reflected on struggling to advance his career due to being typecasted as a sex symbol, and took a stand by refusing to accept those roles for nearly two years.
Bold move: Matthew McConaughey has revealed he once turned down a $14.5 million (£10.9 million) offer to make an ‘intentional’ switch from romantic comedies to dramas
The Fool’s Gold star recalled his acting journey via live link to hosts Marvin Humes, Iain Stirling, Roman Kemp and Ronan Keating: ‘I actually turned down a 14.5 million dollar offer.
‘My mother and brother, to this day, are like, ”What the hell was your problem? Are you mentally vegetated?” I get it, I get it… but it paid off, you know.’
On making the shift from movies such as The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past to hard-hitting films like Dallas Buyers Club and Mud, Matthew said: ‘Yeah, it was intentional.
‘I had control of the script for Dallas Buyers Club but no one wanted to make a period piece AIDS drama with McConaughey in the lead.
‘It paid off’: During Thursday’s Loose Men, the actor, 51, reflected on being typecasted as a sex symbol (pictured with Kate Hudson in 2003’s How To Lose A Guy)
‘My family asked if I was mentally vegetated!’ The thespian said his mother Kay, 88, and brothers Rooster (pictured in 2011), 66, and Pat, 58, were left puzzled by his decision
‘It was intentional’: The Fool’s Gold star recalled his acting journey via live link to hosts Marvin Humes, Iain Stirling, Roman Kemp and Ronan Keating
‘So I was doing rom-coms at the time, they were going well, they were paying me well, I enjoyed doing them, but they were doing so well that all the dramas I wanted to do were not getting offered to me.’
Going to great lengths to make a career change, the media personality shared: ‘Because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, which was the dramas, I stopped doing the rom- coms. I took almost two years off.
‘I didn’t work because I got offered nothing but rom-coms and decided not to do them. For two full years, I was back home here in Texas wondering if I was ever going to work in Hollywood again.
‘I was thinking about getting another job and doing something else. Two years went by and all of a sudden, being gone, not being in the rom-coms, I became a new good idea in Hollywood to go and do the dramas I wanted to do and one of them being Dallas Buyers Club.’
Elsewhere in the interview, the producer, who recently released his autobiography Greenlights, discussed how far he’d go to commit to a job, including gaining and losing weight.
The Dazed & Confused star said: ‘It’s not like I am a different person coming home. It’s like my wife said, she goes, she is still sleeping with her man or her husband every night but it’s a different part of her husband.
‘I come home, I don’t act like that character. I just see the world through that character. If I am doing Kenny Wells in Gold, the beach bum, I am Captain Fun around the household.
‘The kids think I am the best dad in the world because I am ‘Yes’ to pizza, milkshakes for breakfast, stay up as late as you want. I go do something like Dallas Buyers or True Detective, I am still fun but I am a little more acerbic, a little more clinical on things.
‘My wife is trying to hand me a glass of wine and be like, ‘Will you please have a glass of wine, take the edges off a bit?’
The hunk, who shares with Liva, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, seven, with model Camila Alves, 38, also touched on mental health to mark International Men’s Day.
Author Matthew added: ‘Overall, talking about International Men’s day and mental health, the best tool that I have had is being able to know when to take a little time for the ‘me’. Step away, take a little solitude.
‘Whether that’s an hour a day for exercise, whether that’s meditation, whether it’s a prayer in church on Sunday, whether it’s putting on a backpack and going to a foreign land where you don’t speak the language and they don’t know your name, whether that’s going to a monastery.
‘Just a little quiet time when we are stuck with ourselves, even though we may not like the company at that time, is really valuable time.’