Matthew McConaughey Brandished a Spoon, Frightened a Woman in Audition To Land 2nd Movie Role Ever

by Samantha Whidden

He’s known for his roles in various films, including Dazed and Confused and Interstellar, but now Matthew McConaughey is revealing how he managed to get his second film role ever – by frightening a woman during the audition. 

While chatting about his role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre fourth film in a YouTube video, Matthew McConaughey recalled that he snagged the role due to his quick thinking. 

While looking for a female actress to help him with his audition, Matthew McConaughey stated that a secretary volunteered to help. “The girl was the secretary goes ‘I’ll do it!’ And I said ‘OK.’ And right then I ran to the kitchen that was in this house where the office was. Grabbed a big tablespoon out of drawer came back and just pinned her into the corner,” the actor stated. 

McConaughey explained he acted as though the spoon was a weapon and did so until she cried. He said eventually the scene was so intense that others were yelling “CUT!” The film’s director was impressed by the audition. McConaughey added, “Well, I had to unpack the U-Haul. And go sleep on a friend’s couch for the next 30 days.”

Matthew McConaughey played the role of a tow truck driver named Vilmer Sawyer. His character was the main antagonist in the 1994 horror film. He is the brother of Leatherface and is known to drive around in a rural Texas town in his tow truck hunting for new victims to take back to his house and kill. Starring alongside McConaughey in the film is Renee Zellweger, Debra Marshall, and Lisa Marie Newmyer. 

Matthew McConaughey Revealed Why He Decided To Go To Film School 

In an October 2020 interview with Business Insider, Matthew McConaughey gave an insight as to why he decided to go to film school. “I went to the University of Texas with the idea that I’m going to go become a defense attorney,” he explained. “I hadn’t really been sleeping well with the idea of becoming a lawyer.”

Matthew McConaughey further explained that a friend actually told him he might want to try and get in front of a camera since he has good character. After careful consideration, Matthew McConaughey decided that he wanted to go to film school after all. He finally had the confidence to say that he wanted to go to film school. But he had to run it by his father first. He admitted that he didn’t think the conversation going to go well at all. 

“So I called him and he says, ‘Hey buddy, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘Pop, I need to talk to you about something.’ He said, ‘Sure what?’ I said, ‘Well I don’t want to go to law school anymore and I want to go to film school.’ There was a pause on the other line,” McConaughey shared. 

His father eventually asked if that’s what he really wanted to do and he said yes. “And then I heard these three words that just not only gave me approval. But gave me a shot in the backside and just catapulted me abroad. The three words were this, ‘Don’t half-ass it.’ He gave me that privilege. He gave me freedom to go after it,” McConaughey added.