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Matthew McConaughey Opens Up About Unforgettable Career Advice From His Father

by Josh Lanier
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Matthew McConaughey had spent his entire early life wanting to be a lawyer. He talked about the law at the dinner table. He discussed the merits of jurisprudence with his friends and family. But in his sophomore year of college, he fell in love with acting.

McConaughey said he was nervous about how his dad would react when he told him his decision to quit the law, the actor told the “Just Getting Started with Rich Eisen Podcast.” But instead of being angry, his dad gave him a gift. His father was supportive and would help him out on one condition: “don’t half a** it.”

“So he gave me not only his approval, he gave me a kick in the backside, freedom, accountability, and responsibility to do that,” McConaughey told Eisen. And it’s been that tenacity and willingness to give it his all even if he fails that has helped him land some of his biggest roles, the actor said.

He would screw up an audition, but fail so spectacularly that casting agents would find it charming. “‘I want this guy on my team,'” he joked they’d say.

It hasn’t always worked, though. Once, in a film called Scorpion Spring early in his career, McConaughey brought this approach to set with him. He hadn’t read the script but assumed he only had a few lines and that he’d improvise a scene. However, when he arrived on set, he was told he had a 12-page monologue that he must memorize and deliver in Spanish. A language he doesn’t speak. The scene awful and McConaughey has never watched it since he said.

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Eisen didn’t broach the subject with McConaughey, but the lifelong Texan has been frank on what he sees as harming the nation.

“You need liberals. What I don’t think we need is the illiberals,” he said on “Good Morning Britain.” “And what I don’t think that some liberals see is that they’re often being cannibalized by the illiberals. Now there are extremes on both sides that I think are unfair, that I don’t think are the right place to be. The extreme left and the extreme right completely illegitimize the other side, the liberal and conservative side, which we need in certain places. The two extremes illgeitimize those two sides.”