Say that again? Movie star Matthew McConaughey doesn’t just think he’ll be eaten by an alligator. He actually sorta hopes so.
The outspoken Texan recently did an interview with Kara Swisher’s “Sway” podcast. During the course of their chat, he mulled a run for Texas governor and danced around some of the thornier issues facing the state. But he also talked about life and death, and specifically, his preferred way to leave this Earth.
Swisher had pointed out that McConaughey’s father ultimately foresaw the manner in which he would die. Then she asked if McConaughey had any guesses as to his own passing.
“I got a feeling that I’m going down as part of the food chain,” McConaughey said. “It was—the dream was gators.”
Matthew McConaughey Speaks His Mind, For the Most Part
McConaughey is an avid outdoorsman, so his guess is not entirely outside the realm of possibility. But before that gator takes him out, he’s got plenty of items left on his to-do list.
One of them may be a Texas gubernatorial run. But on that score, McConaughey played coy, saying he’s trying to soak up more information to gauge his shot at making real change.
“Eh, don’t know about politics,” he said. “Ooh, is that a place to make real change, or is it a place where, hey, right now, it’s a fixed game? You go in there, you just put on a bunch of Band-Aids in four years, and walk out, and they rip ‘em off when you’re gone. I’m not interested in that.”
On controversial issues like masking and the state’s new six-week abortion ban, he mostly charted a middle course between left and right, which may prove a winning strategy or may leave voters from both parties dissatisfied.
“Yeah, now, the abortion— this new SB 8, six-week abortion ban— I’m not going to come out and tell you right now on this show, here’s where I stand on abortion,” McConaughey said carefully. But he added that its implementation was “a little juvenile,” and said he disapproved of the law’s failure to include a loophole for rape or incest.
As for COVID-19 precautions, McConaughey was more direct, saying wearing masks “is not a big deal.”
“That one seemed easy to me, early,” he said.
Actor Says Some Kind of Political Run Is Likely
Speaking to the “Set It Straight: Myths and Legends” podcast last month, Matthew McConaughey said he was “measuring” his chances before running for office, but went on, “Look, it’s going to be in some capacity.”
“Politics needs redefinition,” he explained. “But I’m measuring, you know, what is my category? What’s my embassy?”
In an April poll on Texas’s next governor, McConaughey won considerably more support from likely voters than current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, 45 percent to 33 percent.
But McConaughey drew disproportionate support from Democrats, and 51 percent of them said they would prefer a progressive candidate to a centrist. Also, the poll did not include failed senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, another likely contender for Abbott’s position.
With the state’s politics increasingly polarized, McConaughey may be right that Texas needs a centrist. But is that what voters want? That remains to be seen.