Matthew McConaughey has come a long way since he starred in Trisha Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe” video all those years ago. Over the course of his career, McConaughey has proved that he is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. From lighthearted flicks like Dazed and Confused to grittier roles in films like Killer Joe to playing a force of cosmic evil in The Dark Tower, he can do it all. He’s brought several memorable characters to life over the years. However, he never reprises his roles. Ol’ Matthew is a one-and-done kind of guy.
So, some fans might find it a little surprising to see that he’s bringing one of his most recent characters back for a sequel. Matthew McConaughey is stepping back into the character Buster Moon for the upcoming animated feature Sing 2. He starred as the aggressively optimistic koala in the original Sing back in 2016.
Recently, Matthew McConaughey appeared on The Today Show. During that interview, he may have given us all some hints as to why he decided to bring back Buster Moon instead of one of his live-action characters.
Matthew McConaughey Sees Himself in Buster Moon
While discussing Sing 2, Matthew McConaughey revealed how he prepared to voice the animated character. For him, it’s like preparing for any other role. First, the seasoned actor says he looks at who his character is. “Who is he? Who’s my man? In this case, who’s my koala?”
Matthew McConaughey then highlighted how he and the animated koala are alike. “Relentlessly optimistic. Okay. I’ve got some of that in me. I’ve got to turn it up a notch, though.” Additionally, Buster Moon is a hustler. McConaughey said, “I’ve got some of that in me. In both senses of the word.”
For one aspect of Buster, it seems like Matthew McConaughey may have to dig deep into his past. He noted that Buster is an underdog. “Yup. I know that part of me,” he said.
Sing and Sing 2 Bridge Generational Gaps
Until Matthew McConaughey lent his voice to Sing in 2016, his kids hadn’t seen his movies. Right now, his kids are 13, 11, and 8. So, they were all much too young to see most of his filmography when he first stepped into the booth to become Buster Moon. These movies allow McConaughey to share his work with his children.
In the interview, he says it’s more than being able to share one of his movies with his kids. It’s the fact that the Sing movies reach several generations. They do so through the universal language of music. Some of the songs will grab parents or even grandparents.
About the Sing franchise, Matthew McConaughey said, “It’s unfiltered joy which at this time – after the last two years and the time we’re in right now – it’s good news in a time of a lot of bad news.”