Is Matthew McConaughey Considering a Career in Politics?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning actor who has starred in a litany of critically acclaimed tasks, comparable to Interstellar, True Detective, and Dallas Buyers Club, made headlines lately a couple of potential run for governor of Texas. Is McConaughey actually contemplating a profession in politics?

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Honoree Matthew McConaughey speaks on stage in the course of the Texas Medal Of Arts Awards in Feb. 2019 | Gary Miller/Getty Images

Recently, McConaughey joined the Hugh Hewitt radio present to speak about his New York Times best-selling memoir Greenlights. But naturally, given the wonky statue of present affairs within the U.S., the dialog additionally turned to politics.

“… you’re kind of center-right in the view of people,” Hewitt advised McConaughey within the interview. “You could be governor of Texas. You ever gonna run for anything?”

“I don’t know,” the Dallas Buyers Club star replied. “I mean, that wouldn’t be up to — it would be up to the people more than it would me.” This preliminary response appears to open the door to a chance of a profession in politics — however McConaughey isn’t precisely leaping on the alternative.

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” he continued. “And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”

Hewitt additionally questioned, if McConaughey had been the “brand ambassador” for President-elect Biden, what would his recommendation for the chief be? What might he “recommend that both Democrats and Republicans could get behind?” McConaughey had an extended and considerate reply to Hewitt’s query:

I might get behind private values to rebind our social contracts with one another as Americans, as individuals once more. No matter aspect of the aisle you’re on … we now have damaged these social contracts. We don’t belief one another and that results in us to not trusting ourselves, which, if that turns into epidemic, then we obtained anarchy.

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Overall, the Interstellar actor needs to give attention to how the private can have an effect on the political.

“I’m all for the individual … the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘how can I be a little bit better today?’” he advised Hewitt. McConaughey needs Americans to ponder how issues that may profit them personally may also be good for his or her communities.

Still — that’s not a political platform, by any means.

“We gotta stabilize, this country’s gotta stabilize first, before we start to say, ‘OK, here’s how we’re marching out of this together forward,’” the film star defined.

Hewitt introduced up different actors-turned-politicians: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, and Clint Eastwood. Was McConaughey ever impressed by their political ambitions?

“I saw the power of fame,” the actor acknowledged. However, he wasn’t essentially professional or anti. McConaughey merely marveled at these from “entertainment zeitgeist that are getting into politics.”

The actor clearly understands the potentiality; he acknowledged Trump’s presidential win had rather a lot to do with the affect of “money and fame” on this nation. But he’s nonetheless not up for it, himself.

“I still question how much you can really get done in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my avenue to get what maybe I’m best-equipped to get done,” McConaughey confirmed within the radio interview.

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Matthew McConaughey after the Texas Longhorns defeated the Michigan Wolverines within the 91st Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2005 in Pasadena, California | Donald Miralle/Getty Images

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In a barely more moderen interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the host adopted up on the query of a McCounaghey gubernatorial marketing campaign. Colbert joked that McConaughey solely had 2 choices: “yes or hell yes.” However, the actor shut it down pretty rapidly.

“I have no plans to do that right now,” he mentioned. Still, the late-night comic wasn’t shopping for it.

“That’s such a political answer!” Colbert fired again, quipping that the Dazed and Confused would solely should confer along with his household and “spiritual leader” to make the choice.

“Look, right now, no,” McConaughey confirmed. “I don’t get politics. Politics seems to be a broken business, politics needs to redefine its purpose.” The actor is open — and greater than prepared — to creating a distinction. But operating for workplace shouldn’t be within the playing cards for him — at the moment.

“… as I move forward in life, yes, am I gonna consider leadership roles where I can be most useful,” he shared. “I’d love to. I’m doing that regardless. … That’s where I sit right now.”

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Where did all these headlines about him operating for governor stem from, Colbert questioned?

“I’ve been asked that question … quite a bit lately,” McConaughey defined. “And I’ve always kind of given the same answer but evidently one of them came out as ‘I would consider it,’ since I didn’t say absolutely ‘no.’”

“OK, so: ‘I would consider it,’ — Matthew McConaughey. That stands?” Colbert joked again. Once once more, McConaughey deferred.

“Whatever leadership role I can be most useful in,” the actor repeated. “And I don’t know that that’s politics. Right now, I don’t see it as politics.”

However — it’s onerous to not discover that McConaughey retains repeating “right now” — that means that maybe, he’s preserving the choice open for the longer term.

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