Matthew McConaughey praises The Wedding Planner co-star Jennifer Lopez

Matthew McConaughey has opened up about working with “quad threat” Jennifer Lopez on The Wedding Planner.The Oscar-winning actor shared details about filming the 2001 romantic comedy in his weekly series, McConaughey Takes, and was full of praise for h…

Matthew McConaughey has opened up about working with “quad threat” Jennifer Lopez on The Wedding Planner.

The Oscar-winning actor shared details about filming the 2001 romantic comedy in his weekly series, McConaughey Takes, and was full of praise for his former onscreen beau.

“I’ve always called her a quad threat. What does she not do? That girl works her backside off on everything. She does not just show up and wing it at all. She’s like clockwork. Just hammers it and knocks it out,” the 50-year-old shared.

He also revealed that he was cast as Dr. Steve Edison in the movie at the last minute, as there was an impending writers’ strike in Hollywood at the time.

“Jennifer was already cast, they were looking for the male lead,” McConaughey explained. “I think we were coming up against a writers’ strike. So, what that means is the issue was trying to get as many movies made as quickly as possible… so the industry needed content. I remember that because I got paid extremely well… they needed me to say yes quickly to do the film.”

After seeing the latest episode of McConaughey Takes, Lopez shared the video on Twitter, and told her former co-star: “Let’s do it again soon!”

She had earlier posted a heartfelt scene between her and McConaughey on Instagram. In the clip, her character Mary Fiore is reminiscing over her previous engagement and how it ended, and emotionally says, “Most of the time I think I just wasn’t enough.”

Lopez captioned the video, “You are enough,” which prompted McConaughey to reply in the comments: “You are more than enough.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio behind Matthew McConaughey’s chant in The Wolf of Wall Street

Matthew McConaughey has credited Leonardo DiCaprio with the idea for his character’s infamous chant in The Wolf of Wall Street.The Oscar-winning actor had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed 2013 film as New York stockbroker Mar…

Matthew McConaughey has credited Leonardo DiCaprio with the idea for his character’s infamous chant in The Wolf of Wall Street.

The Oscar-winning actor had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed 2013 film as New York stockbroker Mark Hanna, who hires Jordan Belfort, played by DiCaprio, to work at merchant and investment banking firm L.F. Rothschild.

In one famous scene, the characters are out to lunch, and while waiting for their drinks, Hanna begins to beat his chest and chant, much to the amusement of Belfort.

During his weekly video series on Twitter called McConaughey Takes, the 50-year-old candidly discussed his role in the movie, and that scene in particular, revealing that it was DiCaprio who wanted to include the chant after hearing his co-star humming during takes.

“The actual chant, that is something I’ll do not only in this film but before scenes in a lot of films,” McConaughey explained. “I’ll come up with a different tune and it’s a relaxation tool for me. It’s musical, so it gets me out of my head because I don’t want to be thinking as an actor, I want to be doing. I was doing it before every take and then on ‘action,’ I’d go to do the scene.

“It keeps my voice low and my instrument loose,” he continued. “We did five takes and we have the scene, Martin is ready to move on and I’m good. As we’re packing up to go onto another scene, Leonardo goes, ‘What’s that thing you’re doing before the scene? What if we put that in the scene?'”

He also told his viewers his favourite line in The Wolf of Wall Street is his character’s “launchpad line”, which he said sparked his imagination once he read it in the script for the first time.

“That line with Mark Hanna is, he’s explaining the secret of his business to Leonardo’s character and he says, ‘The secret is cocaine and hookers.’ I just read that and said, ‘If this guy really believes that, then who the hell is this guy?'” he laughed.

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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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Matthew McConaughey kept hold of custom The Gentlemen suits

Matthew McConaughey walked away from the set of The Gentlemen with a whole new wardrobe.The Oscar winner portrays suave drug lord Mickey Pearson in the new Guy Ritchie crime drama, with the British director tapping costume designer Michael Wilkinson to…

Matthew McConaughey walked away from the set of The Gentlemen with a whole new wardrobe.

The Oscar winner portrays suave drug lord Mickey Pearson in the new Guy Ritchie crime drama, with the British director tapping costume designer Michael Wilkinson to have the character’s suits made from scratch.

“We wanted to create an original, very specific look for Matthew’s character, Mickey Pearson, so we decided to make all of his suits ourselves using our amazing tailor, Sheikh Ali, who constructed the suits in his workroom in Manchester (England),” Wilkinson told The Hollywood Reporter.

“His costumes show a modern take on classic English tailoring – extremely high quality but with a younger, less constrictive vibe. Matthew wears his suits like a second skin. His character is absolutely at ease with his status. I chose luxurious fabrics for the suits to exemplify classic English tailoring, woven from beautiful wools, cashmeres and silks.”

And McConaughey was such a big fan of the outfits, he was allowed to snag a few for his own suit collection.

“He said they were the most comfortable suits he’s ever worn,” the style guru shared. “Because of the way we cut the suits, and because there was so much cashmere in the fabrics, the suits were soft, light-weight and moulded to his body.

“Fortunately, we had doubles of a lot of them because of the stunts in the show, so the film company still has some of his suits in their archives.”

Meanwhile, McConaughey has thanked Ritchie and Wilkinson for his new style, revealing his wife, Camila Alves, is a big fan of his smarter look.

“Guy has an eye for detail and specific likes and dislikes when it comes to clothing and fashion,” the 50-year-old commented. “They are very defined, and I’ve taken his lead because he’s got some good ideas and great style. I’m happy to be wearing it, because I’m really not as stylish… My wife is getting quite a kick out of it.”

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Michelle Dockery enjoyed using Essex accent for The Gentlemen

Michelle Dockery loved taking a break from playing well-spoken characters and reverting back to her native Essex accent for her role in The Gentlemen.The British actress rose to fame playing the upper-class Lady Mary Crawley in TV show Downton Abbey be…

Michelle Dockery loved taking a break from playing well-spoken characters and reverting back to her native Essex accent for her role in The Gentlemen.

The British actress rose to fame playing the upper-class Lady Mary Crawley in TV show Downton Abbey between 2010 and 2015 and then showed off her ability to do an American accent with shows like Good Behavior and Godless.

For Guy Ritchie’s latest crime caper, Dockery plays Rosalind, the wife of Matthew McConaughey’s Mickey, and she relished being able to use her regular voice.

“It came quite naturally. I grew up in Essex. There’s a way of talking I grew up around,” she told Tatler magazine. “And finally, being able to play a character whose accent has an Essex sound, as mine does – I loved that… I’ve been playing well-spoken for so long, to do something closer to my roots was so much fun.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Dockery confessed she struggled getting used to the fame that came with starring in the hit period drama, but it’s “something she now accepts” and she is grateful to Downton Abbey for putting her in a position in which she can slow down if she wants to.

“I was in one of the biggest shows in the world. It’s very rare something like that happens. I certainly wasn’t expecting it,” the 38-year-old, who appeared in the show’s movie instalment earlier this year, said. “But it’s put me in a position now where I can slow down. This business, it never really stops. You do something, you promote it, you’re on to the next job. I’m learning I need to find ways to switch off. Unwind.”

The Gentlemen, also starring Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, and Henry Golding, hits cinemas from 1 January.

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The Wedding Planner costume designer talks Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s dress

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed …

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.

Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed San Francisco-based wedding planner Mary Fiore, as played by Jennifer, as she met and fell in love with Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey) – who happens to be the groom at one of her upcoming ceremonies.

In a pivotal scene, Jennifer’s character dons a vintage white gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, which a number of fans have claimed resembles the Givenchy dress Meghan wore to her wedding with Prince Harry in May 2018, but in a new interview with Glamour magazine, the film’s costume designer Pamela Withers Chilton insisted the similarities were a “coincidence”.

“I got a lot of texts about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress,” she commented. “I’m like, ‘Well, I’m sure it’s a coincidence.’ But (Meghan) was at a good romcom age when the movie came out – she could have been watching it at sleepovers!”

Designed by Clare Waight Keller, Meghan’s wedding gown was made of silk and featured an open boat neckline, while her veil was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth and her home state of California.

Elsewhere in the chat, Pamela shared that she took inspiration from a number of sources when creating the gown for Jennifer to wear in the movie.

“The wedding dress wasn’t supposed to be a big, frilly, princess affair. We pulled a bunch of vintage shapes to get started, and that’s where we jumped off: We liked a piece of this, a piece of that, and combined them all. It’s beautiful, but it’s not a celebration or a joyful expression of one’s self. It’s kind of serious. It’s dutiful,” the designer explained. “That’s why we liked the vintage feel of that pillbox hat and the veil matching it, because it was a throwback.”

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Camila Alves McConaughey takes on charity work with Veronica Beard

Matthew McConaughey’s wife, Camila Alves has teamed up with the fashion brand Veronica Beard to promote charitable causes. The model-turned-designer and philanthropist has been working with the team behind the label, sisters-in-law Miele Beard and Ver…

Matthew McConaughey’s wife, Camila Alves has teamed up with the fashion brand Veronica Beard to promote charitable causes.

The model-turned-designer and philanthropist has been working with the team behind the label, sisters-in-law Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard, who have been supportive of the McConaugheys’ Just Keep Livin’ foundation – a non-profit wellness-focused after school programme that has launched in over 33 public schools across America.

Their partnership was celebrated as part of the opening of Veronica Beard’s second and third West Coast locations at Palisades Village in Los Angeles and Fillmore Street in San Francisco. During the event, Miele Beard gushed over the great work Camila and her husband have been doing.

“These kids are so smart and inquisitive. They asked such great questions. We have families that are so supportive, but there are so many kids that don’t and Matthew and Camila have given them a path and a place to go,” Miele told The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’ve received so much and it’s really important to give back,” added Swanson Beard. “It’s a boomerang and you have to pay it forward. One girl said, ‘I didn’t think I wanted to finish high school until I heard you today’. Another student in the programme, Maggie Vallejo, who is speaking at our store opening, was just accepted to Harvard.”

Aside from teaming with the boutique for good causes, Alves is also a fan of the company’s offerings.

“I’m obsessed with the jackets. It’s such a unique thing about the brand and it’s one of those things that you can dress up or dress down,” Alves tells the publication. “You can be at work and if you have to go to a function after, you can zip it up or out and make it more fancy.”

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Matthew McConaughey wrapped up in thong mix-up on The Beach Bum set

Matthew McConaughey had a major lingerie malfunction on the set of new comedy The Beach Bum.The Hollywood hunk famously made hearts swoon while playing a male stripper in 2012 movie Magic Mike, but his history of wearing sexy Speedos onscreen didn’t ma…

Matthew McConaughey had a major lingerie malfunction on the set of new comedy The Beach Bum.

The Hollywood hunk famously made hearts swoon while playing a male stripper in 2012 movie Magic Mike, but his history of wearing sexy Speedos onscreen didn’t make him an expert of strappy underwear on the set of his latest project.

The Beach Bum costume designer Heidi Bivens tells The Cut that Matthew didn’t have a clue what to do when he was asked to change into a slinky thong get-up for his role as Moondog in director Harmony Korine’s new film.

“In the first fitting we had with Matthew, we gave him a thong to put on,” the fashion professional recalls. “We thought that he would for sure know what he was doing because of Magic Mike. But he came out with the thong on sideways.

“That was a great memory. It was an awkward moment of like, ‘Uh, something doesn’t look quite right… and then figuring out what it was, and having to suggest that he go back behind the changing room and put it on right. That was pretty amazing.”

Although the fitting was a bit awkward, everything else came together beautifully in terms of costumes, with the stylist explaining she used “Key West expats, or day drinkers” as inspiration for much of the characters’ looks.

“My research really began once I was able to get down to Key West myself, and the southern part of Florida, and do some pretty amazing people-watching,” she shares. “A lot of the inspiration was based on real people, in real life. We just took it to a heightened level. I also looked on YouTube.

“There’s a guy named Leslie Cochran who’s a local celebrity in Austin, Texas. He was a big inspiration because he wears women’s clothing. He lives his life in a similar way to Moondog; this not-give-a-f**k attitude.”

“For Moondog, specifically, we made a lot of his stuff (by hand),” Heidi adds. “Same with Lingerie, who is Snoop Dogg’s character. With Minnie, who is played by Isla Fisher, I used designer brands, because she comes from money. For example, she wears a Roberto Cavalli dress at (her daughter’s) wedding, which, to me, speaks to Miami and the fashion that’s considered popular there. She also wears an Emilio Pucci dress from a current collection.”

The Beach Bum, which also stars Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, Martin Lawrence and Jonah Hill, hits U.S. theatres on Friday (29Mar19).

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Charlie Hunnam stole outfits from Guy Ritchie’s Bush set

Charlie Hunnam liked the costumes he wore for Guy Ritchie’s new film Bush so much he stole them.The actor stars alongside Colin Farrell and Matthew McConaughey in the transatlantic gangster caper, previously titled Toff Guys, which is due to be relea…

Charlie Hunnam liked the costumes he wore for Guy Ritchie’s new film Bush so much he stole them.

The actor stars alongside Colin Farrell and Matthew McConaughey in the transatlantic gangster caper, previously titled Toff Guys, which is due to be released in 2020.

Charlie and his castmates recently wrapped filming on the movie, and he took some fashionable souvenirs of the shoot with him afterwards.

“I stole some stuff off the last film I did (with Guy),” he told Total Film magazine. “He had me wearing some really snappy outfits, so I pilfered a couple of choice items.”

And he confesses it’s not the first time he’s stolen from the set of a project, as when his TV motorcycle crime drama Sons of Anarchy ended in 2014, he even took a bike with him.

Asked if his set stealing was a regular habit, the 38-year-old added: “Tonnes of s**t. All the time. When Sons (of Anarchy) was finished, I just took everything that wasn’t nailed down. I took the motorbike, my cards, and tonnes of costume.”

One film he was less keen to take his costumes and props away from, however, was Guillermo del Toro’s science-fiction blockbuster Pacific Rim, as the suit he wore as the operator of a giant robot named Jaeger was incredibly uncomfortable.

“I was in this robot wearing this suit that’s very, very heavy and uncomfortable. I spent five weeks in that contraption,” he explained. “Sometimes for 16 hours a day. I always roll my eyes when any actor talks about the difficulty of filming.”

Detailing just how much discomfort the suits and stunts required, he winced: “By the third week when I’d ruptured a couple of discs in my back, which really is no joke, it was incredibly unpleasant.”

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Steven Knight: ‘I wanted to do something different’

Steven Knight wanted to get experimental and “do something different” with his new movie Serenity.The Peaky Blinders creator wrote and directed the neo-noir thriller which stars Matthew McConaughey as a fisherman named Baker Dill who is approached by h…

Steven Knight wanted to get experimental and “do something different” with his new movie Serenity.

The Peaky Blinders creator wrote and directed the neo-noir thriller which stars Matthew McConaughey as a fisherman named Baker Dill who is approached by his ex-wife Karen, played by Anne Hathaway, with a request to murder her abusive husband Frank (Jason Clarke).

However, there is a big plot twist which reveals that nothing is as it seems. 


The British writer has explained that he wanted to experiment with narrative in his independent film after delivering screenplays with traditional structures, like Allied and The Hundred-Foot Journey, for studios. 


“What I wanted to do was, as someone who works with the studio system and likes conventional narrative and three-act structure, I wanted do something different,” he explained before a screening of the film in London, according to WENN/Cover Media. “With this one, I wanted to create a narrative and then crash it into a tree and just have the wheel go flying down the road. 


“It’s meant to be experimental, it’s meant to be sort of arthouse, some great actors got involved and, of course, you don’t turn that down, so it got bigger and bigger.” 


He warned the audience against expecting “anything to be real or normal” and said he hopes it will provoke “real surprise”. 


“Some people are shocked by it, some people love it, some people hate it. I hope you enjoy it and see it for what it is which is a look at the way film narrative works,” he said to viewers. 


Serenity was filmed on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius and also stars Djimon Hounsou, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Strong. It is in cinemas and available on Sky Cinema now.

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