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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Henry Golding promises The Gentlemen will be full of ‘amazing’ one-liners

Henry Golding has promised Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen will be packed full of “amazing” one-liners.The Crazy Rich Asians actor is starring in an unknown role in the upcoming film, which tells the story of a British drug lord who tries to sell off…

Henry Golding has promised Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen will be packed full of “amazing” one-liners.

The Crazy Rich Asians actor is starring in an unknown role in the upcoming film, which tells the story of a British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, and Matthew McConaughey are to headline the project, and while little else is known about the plot, Henry is adamant that the dialogue is great.

“(This) is the magic of Guy Ritchie, he has these amazing one-liners that he is super famous for, which in that collaborative process, you actually create with him,” he said in a video chat for Collider.com. “Some of these lines we come up with are absolutely amazing. Traditionally, Guy Ritchie.”

Henry didn’t give any details about any action sequences, but he did share that Guy tends to make last-minute changes to the script. However, the star found the experience of learning to be “malleable” very exciting.

“You have to really be able to be on your toes and go to set knowing your lines but also understanding that they could totally be flipped on their head. The whole action, the whole scene that you’ve built up in your head, could go out the window,” the 32-year-old stated.

Elsewhere, Henry divulged that he has shot most of his scenes with Charlie and Matthew, and that Hugh’s character is a real departure for the Love Actually actor.

“Hugh Grant (is) in a role that you’ve never seen him in, saying words that you would never think that he would utter,” he smiled. “I mean, there’s a whole host of amazing actors. Most of my scenes are with Charlie and Matthew, ‘cause much like Guy Ritchie’s stories they (separate) and then come back nearer the end in this huge crescendo.”

The Gentlemen, also featuring Jeremy Strong and Colin Farrell, is set to hit cinemas in 2020.

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