In his recent memoir, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey shared stories about his life going back to his youth. Titled, “Greenlights,” the book was released in 2020.
The book continues to be popular almost one year after its release, according to Cinema Blend. As of early September 2021, it is still on the New York Times bestseller list. Also, on the non-fiction chart on Amazon, it sits in the second spot. Above it is “A Promised Land” by President Barack Obama.
Despite its popularity, there is one person who isn’t a complete fan of Matthew McConaughey’s book. That person is his mother, Kay. In the book, the 51-year-old Texas native talks openly about the conflict he witnessed between her and his father, Jim.
In fact, one of the first stories he shares involves an argument he witnessed between his parents when he was 4 years old. The fight ended and they, let’s say, made up in a very intimate way. They did so with the young Matthew watching.
One might think that Kay disapproved of her famous son sharing such stories with the public. That, however, is not the case. What made her upset, according to Matthew McConaughey, is that he left out information about them being affectionate with one another.
“Look, I didn’t include and my mom it’s what she didn’t like – what she didn’t take well about the book was, she was like, ‘All the stories are true about me and your dad and, yeah, my middle finger was broke four times from him doing that and I deserved every one of ’em. It’s how I needed to communicate. But you could have included more stories about how loving we were and how many times we were hugging it out,'” the actor explained.
He also said he agreed with his mother’s critique of his book. “I go, ‘You’re right.’ And I didn’t. That was 98 percent of the time we were hugging it out,” Matthew McConaughey explained.
The “Dallas Buyer’s Club” star has also explained why he chose to include the stories he did in his book. He did so during an interview with actress and “Jeopardy!” host Mayim Bialik. The actor said he wanted to share them in order to demonstrate how their love was challenged, but how they came through in the end.
“I didn’t include those because for me, these stories I think – that’s the best I can come up with – why I choose to tell these stories as the love stories from my family, they were when the love was tested the most,” Matthew McConaughey also said. “You thought it was going to break down. We thought it was over. Objectively, you would think it was over. I never thought it was over when I watched the fight and mom pulled out the knife, I thought, ‘Here we go. It didn’t; they handled it. It was drama looking back at it, but at the time was I crying? No, no.”