Matthew McConaughey had to ‘un-brand’ himself from starring in romcoms

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, …

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.

The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Fool’s Gold.

But during an appearance at the HISTORYTalks event held at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, McConaughey admitted it was the birth of his son Levi in 2008 that made him reevaluate his career.

“I took off and had an un-branding phase. Not a rebranding phrase, an un-branding phase. I said, ‘I’m out,'” he recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And at that time I got an offer for a romantic comedy, and it was for a very sizable number, and I read it and they came back and bumped that number up quite a bit, and I passed, and they came back and bumped it again, I passed. They bumped it up and basically doubled the opening offer, and I said, ‘Let me read this script again.’ It was the same words, but I promise you that script was superior to the first one. I said no, and I had 18 months of being gone.”

“That anonymity, that being away, that not being the shirtless guy on the beach in a romcom, by un-branding, then all of a sudden, things came to me that I had been wanting to do… Dramatic roles that I had been pursuing were coming my way.”

McConaughey won an Oscar for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof in 2013 biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club, while his other serious films have included The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, and White Boy Rick.

The 50-year-old most recently played American expatriate and marijuana empire boss Mickey Pearson in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which debuted in theatres earlier this year.

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Alec Baldwin turned down Jennifer Garner film due to family commitments

Alec Baldwin turned down the opportunity to star alongside Jennifer Garner in a film because it would have taken him too far away from his family. The 30 Rock star was being lined up to join the Dallas Buyers Club actress in an upcoming drama, but whe…

Alec Baldwin turned down the opportunity to star alongside Jennifer Garner in a film because it would have taken him too far away from his family.

The 30 Rock star was being lined up to join the Dallas Buyers Club actress in an upcoming drama, but when he found out the shoot would take place in South Africa, he was forced to turn down the job.

“Someone called me and said, ‘Do you want to do a movie with Jennifer Garner? It’s this drama,'” he told People magazine. “I thought, ‘I love Jennifer Garner. She’s a wonderful actress and she’s this fantastic movie star. Who wouldn’t want to do that?’ It was a pretty good script and good drama.

“They said, ‘We’re going to go to South Africa for five weeks.’ I said, ‘I can’t go to Africa for five weeks because of my kids and school.’ Everything I do and I don’t do revolves around my family.”

Alec has four small children with his wife Hilaria – Carmen, five, Rafael, three, Leonardo, two, and Romeo, 12 months – and he doesn’t want to miss a single milestone.

“As they’re growing up in that slow-motion way that you watch children, they turn this corner, and two weeks later they say something else,” the 61-year-old said. “You see the way that they develop in real time, up close in your own family. There’s nothing more interesting than watching people grow up.”

Alec didn’t reveal which project he was set to star in with Jennifer, but according to IDMB.com, her upcoming work schedule currently includes comedies Yes Day and Fantasy Camp. He has a bunch of projects in the pipeline, including crime drama Motherless Brooklyn, biographical drama Lamborghini: The Legend, and a sequel to The Boss Baby, for which he voices the lead role.

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Matthew McConaughey dreams of playing Evel Knievel onscreen

Matthew McConaughey is desperate to star in a biopic about famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. The late stunt performer, real name Robert Craig Knievel, Jr., was well known for his epic jumps during the height of his headline-grabbing career in t…

Matthew McConaughey is desperate to star in a biopic about famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel.

The late stunt performer, real name Robert Craig Knievel, Jr., was well known for his epic jumps during the height of his headline-grabbing career in the 1970s, and the Dallas Buyers Club star wants to take Knievel’s life story to the big screen.

McConaughey’s movie dreams have been on ice for several years, because he has yet to come across the right screenplay to do the biopic justice.

“This man’s life, I’ve been circling, trying to find the right way and the right script to do him justice for a while and I haven’t found it yet, but maybe we’ll get it right one day,” he explains.

If his passion project ever comes to fruition, McConaughey will be ready to rev his engine – but he doesn’t plan to actually attempt any of the adrenaline-rushing car, truck, or bus jumps Knievel attempted, breaking bones and experiencing other injuries in the process.

Asked if he would personally be tackling the action scenes onscreen during a recent appearance on U.S. daytime show Strahan and Sara, he joked, “Sure, it’ll be all me! Those 15, 18 wheelers (trucks), that’s me jumping that!”

Knievel retired from stunt performing in the late 1970s and died in 2007, aged 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and chronic lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, for years.

McConaughey won’t be the first actor to portray Knievel on film – George Hamilton played the title role in 1971 movie, Evel Knievel, while former CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star George Eads took on the part for another biopic in 2004.

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Matthew McConaughey shared crush on Diane Lane before filming Serenity together

Matthew McConaughey had to come clean about his longtime crush on Diane Lane before they filmed scenes as lovers in new movie Serenity. The Dallas Buyers Club star, 49, admits he has harboured a soft spot in his heart for the actress ever since settin…

Matthew McConaughey had to come clean about his longtime crush on Diane Lane before they filmed scenes as lovers in new movie Serenity.

The Dallas Buyers Club star, 49, admits he has harboured a soft spot in his heart for the actress ever since setting sight on her character in 1989 TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, so he couldn’t hide his joy at working alongside Lane in the new thriller.

“I had to admit something that was probably true for a lot of people, that was (she was) my first crush,” Matthew shared on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Thursday (24Jan19). “Remember Lorie Darlin’ in Lonesome Dove?

“And she looks the same today as she did then, so when I first met her, we were gonna have our first scene together, I said, ‘I’ve gotta level with you – you’re my first crush and I’ve had a crush on you since Lorie Darlin’ in Lonesome Dove.'”

Matthew’s sweet confession while filming in Mauritius back in 2017 apparently didn’t leave much of an impression on Diane, as she soon forgot about his crush – but the Oscar winner is convinced it’s all a ploy.

“I had to remind her of that again,” he smiled. “Someone asked her that last night (at the New York premiere), and she goes, ‘I don’t remember that,’ and I go, ‘Oh, you just wanna hear me tell you that again!'”

However, Diane insists that isn’t the case, as she was simply embarrassed.

“I think I blocked it out,” the 54-year-old beauty told Entertainment Tonight about Matthew’s crush confession. “I don’t think he lied (about telling me) – I think he did say that to me, day one – and I just had whiteout.”

“I couldn’t cope,” she explained. “I said…, ‘Thank you for the compliment. I’m dying, and… love you, too babe.'”

Serenity, which also stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Clarke, opens in theatres this week (25Jan19).

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Yann Demange: ‘Matthew McConaughey is director’s dream’

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the y…

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.

Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the youngest ever FBI informant, and how he wound up serving a life sentence as a teenager.

Talking about working with Oscar winner Matthew, the filmmaker only has good things to say about the Dallas Buyers Club star.

“What surprised me, I’ve not worked with a star before and I was like, ‘How’s it going to be? Is he going to listen and be open?’ And he did, he’d be up for trying anything, as long as you collaborate with him and you try everything he wants to do, he’ll try everything you want to do too,” Yann smiled to Cover Media.

“You just got to put the time in. And he’s there to jazz, he’s there to riff, he’s there to try. He’s not precious, he doesn’t think he knows all the answers. He likes to be directed, but he has ideas as well, he has strong ideas, and you’ve got to try them out. And he surprised me many times. I thought a scene should be played more serious, and he’d play it lighter and funnier. And I was like, ‘Oh actually you’re right, there’s more poignancy in that.’”

English actress Bel Powley, Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry and Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star.

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Matthew McConaughey: ‘I’ve never done a film that’s lived up to what I imagined’

Matthew McConaughey has yet to star in a film that lives up to what he’d imagine it would be.The Texan star was given his big break in Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused, and later became the go-to man for romcoms. But after a suc…

Matthew McConaughey has yet to star in a film that lives up to what he’d imagine it would be.

The Texan star was given his big break in Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused, and later became the go-to man for romcoms. But after a successful run in romantic films, he turned his back on the genre and reinvented himself as a serious awards contender with his Oscar-winning turn in 2013 biopic Dallas Buyers Club.

Despite an awards cabinet also boasting a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, Matthew says he’s yet to find his perfect project.

“I’ve have never been in a film or given a performance that was as good as I’d hoped it would be,” he admitted to The Guardian. “I’ve come close. I’ve seen some that are close. The movie that was closest to the script that I’ve ever been a part of is Mud. There was like one scene different and the dialogue is almost exactly what Jeff Nichols wrote.

“I’ve never done (a film) that’s lived up to what I imagined it could be.”

He’s quick to add that he’s been part of plenty of movies that he respects and loves, and he’s also been happy with lots of his performances.

“But nothing that I’ve ever thought… And I don’t think I’ll do one that does,” he sighed.

Next up, he stars in White Boy Rick, the true story of the youngest-ever FBI informant who landed himself in jail for drug offences.

He’s also got Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys and Harmony Korine’s comedy The Beach Bum on the way.

“I’m still getting off on acting,” he smiled. “I’m not bored at all. Acting is like a working vacation for me. I can’t wait to go to work. I’m scared about it, I love it. I love the adrenaline of it. I’m confident with it. I’m surprised with it. It spooks me in a good way.”

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Jennifer Garner learned mixed martial arts skills for Peppermint

Jennifer Garner got back into action mode for her new movie Peppermint by taking up mixed martial arts. The Dallas Buyers Club star plays a woman seeking revenge after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting right in front of her an…

Jennifer Garner got back into action mode for her new movie Peppermint by taking up mixed martial arts.

The Dallas Buyers Club star plays a woman seeking revenge after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting right in front of her and she explains her physical training helped her connect to the character.

“I’ve been training for a while on this,” she tells People magazine. “I did (mixed martial arts) MMA skills, gun skills, knife skills. It was the connection to the physical that made me kind of understand her fight for her daughter.”

“She (Garner) was very physical, she was very fit – even before we started training,” director Pierre Morel adds. “She was dead-on, ready to go for it. The fact that everything is done by the actor is key.”

Jennifer, who has starred in action-packed roles in Alias and Daredevil, was “excited” to take on Peppermint after reading the script because it was “an original story and there’s a strong woman at the middle”. She was hooked by the way her character reacted to losing her family.

“She just shuts down her heart, goes into hiding and spends the next five years becoming a machine,” she says. “She immediately takes matters into her own hands to make sure those people are brought to justice.

“The fact that she just says, ‘I’m a mom, I’m taking care of this and I’m going to do what I need to do’… that, I’m inspired by. I’ve never gotten the chance to play that kind of visceral need to defend, or protect, or take care of someone in your family.”

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Jennifer Garner speed dials nutritionist to conquer late-night cravings

Actress Jennifer Garner speed dials her nutritionist when late night cravings threaten to derail her diet.The star has been filming her new HBO network comedy show Camping in recent months, shooting scenes for the series at night, and staying up for so…

Actress Jennifer Garner speed dials her nutritionist when late night cravings threaten to derail her diet.

The star has been filming her new HBO network comedy show Camping in recent months, shooting scenes for the series at night, and staying up for so long has been making her hungry when she should be asleep.

“She’ll text me, she’ll call me, ‘Hey, I’m on HBO’s Camping. I’m really filming like every single night from 11pm to 3am. What can I do?'” nutrition expert Kelly LeVeque tells Us Weekly. “I might pull back on the alcohol. I might say, ‘I know you love your red wine but let’s not have that’. I also might add a little more protein so she feels more full because that lack of sleep is gonna increase her hunger hormones. So it’s really just ways to prevent her craving, crashing and sort of feeling bad about yourself.”

Kelly, who also boasts Busy Philipps, Emmy Rossum, Chelsea Handler, and Jessica Alba as clients, was introduced to Jennifer through the star’s personal fitness trainer Simone De La Rue.

Referring to Jennifer as her “golden child” client, Kelly reveals the Dallas Buyers Club actress makes farm fresh meals a priority.

“With Jen, it was really about being sure she was getting that quality down – making sure she was cooking with healthy oils and getting really healthy proteins,” the nutritionist explains. “She has a garden and prioritises getting healthy food and understands the process of regenerative farming, which is basically having your produce and your chickens all in the same area. It’s really good for the soil, it’s really good for the land and it’s really good for the health of the actual plants that you eat.”

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Matthew McConaughey to launch bourbon

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has inspired a new bourbon. The actor has teamed up with bosses at the Wild Turkey Distillery to craft small-batch whiskey Longbranch. The whiskey brand’s latest limited release, inspired by McConaughey’s Kentucky and…

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has inspired a new bourbon.

The actor has teamed up with bosses at the Wild Turkey Distillery to craft small-batch whiskey Longbranch.

The whiskey brand’s latest limited release, inspired by McConaughey’s Kentucky and Texas roots, is “refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals”.

This launch marks the first time Wild Turkey has unveiled a product that bears a signature of someone other than the Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

The Dallas Buyers Club star has served as the brand’s creative director since 2016.

“Longbranch, in its simplest form, is an extended hand, inviting a friend into your family,” proud McConaughey says of the new bourbon. “So the branch that was extended to me from the Russells was a long one, one that reached from Kentucky to Texas and back again. I offered the Mesquite from my great state to add to their legendary Kentucky whiskey and together we made Longbranch.”

The actor was a big part of the creative process, helping test the new tipple over two years.

“Made with eight-year-old Wild Turkey Bourbon, Wild Turkey Longbranch is an exceptional bourbon with a bright gold color and aroma that is a balanced blend of vanilla and spices,” a press release reads. “Flavors of caramel, pear, and hints of citrus round out the palate. The subtle, smoky finish is buttery smooth, with notes of gentle pepper and toasted oak.”

Wild Turkey Longbranch will be available in the U.S. in May (18), before hitting markets around the world later this year.

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Jennifer Garner’s organic baby food line inspired by childhood

Jennifer Garner has returned to her farm roots to teach her children about eating healthy. The Dallas Buyers Club star recently launched her own organic baby food line, named Once Upon a Farm, and explains her childhood has always been an inspiration …

Jennifer Garner has returned to her farm roots to teach her children about eating healthy.

The Dallas Buyers Club star recently launched her own organic baby food line, named Once Upon a Farm, and explains her childhood has always been an inspiration for how she wants to feed her three children with estranged husband Ben Affleck.

“My mom made all of our food,” she says. “I would just be desperate for anything in a package. I was so envious of my friends and their Little Debbie oatmeal cakes and things like that. When we were hungry she would say, ‘Go out to the garden, child, I bet those tomatoes are ready and grab yourself some sugar snap peas’. (Now), you know, you can’t help it. That’s what I do with my kids.”

Jennifer and her children also have chickens and beehives on their Los Angeles farm and she enjoys the educational value the children gain by tending to the plants and animals.

“We have chickens but that’s very Los Angeles so don’t be too impressed,” she continues. “We grow tons of fruits and vegetables because here in Los Angeles you can just grow anything. I can’t get over it. I just keep planting things.”

“It’s super fun,” she adds. “It’s like a living science experiment.”

And now Garner is renovating her family’s farm in Locust Grove, Oklahoma in the hope of turning it into a base for her organic food line and provide baby food to the Women, Infants, and Children programme for low income parents.

“The first thing I said to (Once Upon a Farm CEO) John (Foraker) is we can’t just talk about feeding the top 10 per cent of kids, 50 per cent of kids, we have to talk about how to give that nutrition to the bottom half, the bottom rungs of the ladder,” she says.

“Part of my job is to educate moms what we’re doing, who we are, where we are in the grocery store, (and) why we exist.”

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