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Matthew David McConaughey is an actor and, unsurprisingly, a producer whom most people consider to be more successful than talented. However, he has starred in many huge Hollywood films. In the beginning of his career, McConaughey accepted all the requests from directors and playwrights without considering which of them were really of high quality. That‘s why he earned millions of dollars, but not awards. Fortunately, he has been involved in some really great projects recently. He finally dropped a bombshell in 2013, when he agreed to play the leading role in the feature film “Dallas Buyers Club”. He seized the day – this movie was an opportunity to win an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and he took advantage of it. “Dallas Buyers Club” totally lived up to the critics‘ and audiences‘ expectations.

Matthew McConaughey Net Worth $80 Million

So, obviously Matthew McConaughey’s source of income is acting. According to several online sources, such as media outlets or magazines, he has an estimated net worth of $80 million dollars. However, there are some variances – other sources claim that his financial worth is $10 million smaller. What strikes as shocking, all things considered, including the most recent information about Matthew’s career, salary and family budget, is that reliable sources came to the conclusion that he might even be approximately $20 million dollars richer than that.

That‘s how everyone now sees Matthew, as a very gifted actor who can play various different roles and is original enough not to call him a one-movie actor. That’s the main reason why he is productive. Even if his movie isn‘t a soul enricher, it‘s at least fun to watch because of McConaughey and his talent. He has appeared on the screen with such famous and prominent actors as Ben Stiller, Woody Harrelson, Jack Black, Tom Cruise and several others. Many people didn‘t expect Matthew to be as good as all those stars, widely loved by manymovie-buffs, but he wasn‘t disappointing at all. In fact, producers adored his duet with Woody Harrelson and wanted it to be repeated. The most successful project in which they have appeared together is the TV series “True Detective” created in 2014 and admired by crime and mystery genre lovers. One could hardly be surprised that Woody Harrelson has become Matthew‘s best friend in real life, too.

One of the reasons, why Matthew performed so well in the previously mentioned “True Detective” is believed to be his little similarity to his character – they were both born in Texas, USA. Surprisingly, Matthew‘s parents had no connection with acting or other kinds of art. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a former gas station owner. Nevertheless, Matthew started acting in 1991, his early career beginnlng with TV commercials and minor roles both in TV series and films. However, a good beginning makes a good end and there‘s always a big break. In 1996, McConaughey appeared in a very successful film called “A Time to Kill”. From that moment on, McConaughey’s career took a tremendous step forward. He began acting regularly in popular romantic box-office hits, such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Wedding Planner, Fool’s Gold, Tropic Thunder, etc.

Sadly, such information-buff as Forbes Magazine has not included Matthew on their 100 Richest Celebrities list yet. Well, if Matthew ever does appear on it, what he has to do is only his vocation – acting.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
White Boy Rick2017pre-production
The Dark Tower2017post-productionMan in Black
Gold2016/IKenny Wells
Lincoln: Crafted2016Video short
Sing2016Buster Moon (voice)
Kubo and the Two Strings2016Beetle (voice)
Free State of Jones2016Newton Knight
The Sea of Trees2015Arthur Brennan
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2015TV SeriesVulcan Video Clerk
Interstellar2014Cooper
True Detective2014TV SeriesDetective Rust Cohle
The Wolf of Wall Street2013Mark Hanna
Dallas Buyers Club2013Ron Woodroof
Synthesizers2013Video shortWooderson
Magic Mike2012Dallas
Mud2012Mud
The Paperboy2012Ward Jansen
Eastbound & Down2010-2012TV SeriesRoy McDaniel Texas Scout
Killer Joe2011Killer Joe Cooper
Bernie2011Danny Buck
The Lincoln Lawyer2011Mick Haller
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past2009Connor Mead
Surfer, Dude2008Steve Addington
Tropic Thunder2008Rick Peck - Peck's Office
Fool's Gold2008/IFinn
We Are Marshall2006Jack Lengyel
Failure to Launch2006Tripp
Two for the Money2005Brandon
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D2005Documentary shortAl Bean (voice)
Sahara2005Dirk Pitt
Tiptoes2003Steven Bedalia
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days2003Ben Barry
Freedom: A History of Us2003TV Series documentaryAndrew Jackson Mark Twain John Swinton ...
Reign of Fire2002Denton Van Zan
Frailty2001Adam Meiks
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing2001Troy
The Wedding Planner2001Steve Edison
Sex and the City2000TV SeriesMatthew McConaughey
U-5712000Lt. Andrew Tyler
Bonne Nuit1999TV MovieNathan
Edtv1999Ed
King of the Hill1999TV SeriesRad Thibodeaux
The Rebel1998Short
Making Sandwiches1998ShortBud Hoagie
Welcome to Hollywood1998Matthew McConaughey
The Newton Boys1998Willis Newton
Amistad1997Roger Sherman Baldwin
Contact1997Palmer Joss
Larger Than Life1996Tip Tucker
A Time to Kill1996Jake Tyler Brigance
Lone Star1996Buddy Deeds
Judgement1995ShortDeputy Sam Taylor
Submission1995ShortJoe
Scorpion Spring1995El Rojo
Glory Daze1995Rental Truck Guy
Boys on the Side1995Abe
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation1994Vilmer
Angels in the Outfield1994Ben Williams
My Boyfriend's Back1993Guy #2
Dazed and Confused1993Wooderson
Unsolved Mysteries1992TV Series documentaryLarry Dickens

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Full BurnTV Series executive producer announced
Gold2016/Iproducer
True Detective2014-2015TV Series executive producer - 16 episodes
Addicted to Facebook2009Short executive producer
Surfer, Dude2008producer
Sahara2005executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning Britain2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wolf of Wall Street2013performer: "The Money Chant" / writer: "The Money Chant"
Magic Mike2012performer: "Sound Off Duckworth Chant", "Ladies of Tampa", "Ladies of Miami" / writer: "Ladies of Tampa", "Ladies of Miami"
Surfer, Dude2008performer: "Star-Spangled Banner"
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days2003performer: "You're So Vain"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rebel1998Short
Chicano Chariots1992Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rebel1998Short writer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Surfer, Dude2008music supervisor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Making the Case: Creating the Lincoln Lawyer2011Short special thanks
Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach2008Documentary thanks
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentary special thanks
Welcome to Hollywood1998special thanks
Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary1997Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Film Fiend2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hour2011TV SeriesHimself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing
The Role That Changed My Life2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Guy's Big Bite2010TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2009-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Live2000-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cirque du Soleil's Poetic Social Mission2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas2009TV MovieHimself
Rove Live2009TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Made in China2009/IHimself
Texas Monthly Talks2008TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
E! True Hollywood Story2004-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Getaway2008TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity traveller
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch2008TV SeriesHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather2007TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Penélope, camino a los Oscar2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
MovieReal: We Are Marshall2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The View2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fuse Celebrity Playlist2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
Return of the Thundering Herd: The Story That Inspired 'We Are Marshall'2006Video documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CMT Insider2006TV SeriesHimself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Men2006TV SpecialHimself
Keith Barry: Extraordinary2006TV MovieHimself
Will & Grace2006TV SeriesHimself
Corazón, corazón2006TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Barbara Walters Summer Special2006TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Two for the Money'2006Video documentary shortHimself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards2006TV Special documentaryHimself
What It Takes2006TV SeriesHimself
Across the Sands of Sahara2005Video documentary shortHimself
Making 'Sahara'2005Video shortHimself
Visualizing 'Sahara'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story2005TV MovieHimself - Host
Caiga quien caiga2005TV SeriesHimself
My Crazy Life2005TV SeriesHimself
Total Request Live2005TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Screenplay
Making 'Dazed'2005Video documentaryHimself
The Art Show2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Paparazzi2004Himself (uncredited)
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Frat Boys2003TV Movie documentary
Young Hollywood Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Film clip from 'Gangs of New York'
The Making of 'Frailty'2002Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Festival Pass with Chris Gore2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2001 Billboard Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
2000 ALMA Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Creating and Constructing 'U-571'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Nulle part ailleurs2000TV SeriesHimself
Nulle part ailleurs: midi2000TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Radio Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Edtv: Caught in the Camera's Eye1999Video documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute1999TV MovieHimself
The Story of Darrell Royal1999Video documentaryNarrator
The Teen Choice Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Amistad'1999Video documentary shortHimself
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHimself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Waking in Mississippi1998DocumentaryHimself
Mundo VIP1998TV SeriesHimself
1997 MTV Movie Awards1997TV Special documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Documentary1996Video documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2013-2017TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Musical Guest Introducer
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interstellar / Himself - Phone Interview
Extra2014-2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interstellar
Good Morning America2013-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Big Fan2017TV SeriesHimself
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors2017TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2016TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2007-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interstellar
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Today2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Rock the Troops2016TV MovieHimself
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Film Awards2016VideoHimself
The 50th Annual CMA Awards2016TV MovieHimself
The History of Jones County2016Video documentary shortHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2016TV SpecialHimself
The Talk2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrity Style Story2016TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live2003-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host / Howlin' Bobby Wallace / Buster Littles / ...
IMDb Asks2015TV SeriesHimself
Creating Interstellar: A Discussion with Christopher Nolan, Anne Hathaway, Mathew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain2015Video shortHimself
Experiencing Interstellar: A Discussion with Anne Hathaway, Mathew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain2015Video shortHimself
Inside 'Interstellar'2015Video documentaryHimself
The Science of Interstellar2015DocumentaryNarrator
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Friars Club Super Bowl Roast of Terry Bradshaw2015TV MovieHimself
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Nominee / Presenter: Female Actor in Leading Role
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Nominee / Presenter
A Football Life2015TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
IMDb: What to Watch2014TV Series documentaryHimself
21 Years: Richard Linklater2014DocumentaryHimself
Interstellar: Nolan's Odyssey2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Larry King Now2012-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Weekend Ticket2014TV Series shortHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2014TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Reporter in Focus2014TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2011-2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years2014Himself - Host
I Am Evel Knievel2014DocumentaryHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHimself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie & Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives2012-2014TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Guys Choice Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
2014 MTV Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
La noche de los Oscar2014TV MovieHimself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film / Best Animated Film and Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter / Winner
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside the Actors Studio2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter / Winner
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter / Winner
SAG Foundation Conversations2014TV SeriesHimself
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special2014TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Making True Detective2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Rustin Cohle
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2013TV SeriesHimself
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
E! News2013TV SeriesHimself
Mud: Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas2013ShortHimself
A Personal Tale: Writing and Directing MUD2013Video shortHimself
The Arkansas Ensemble the Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud2013ShortHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2000-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter / Nominee
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
SXSW Flashback 20122012TV MovieHimself
We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash2012TV MovieHimself
The Hollywood Fast Lane2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2001-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Janela Indiscreta2012TV SeriesHimself
A Moment With2012TV SeriesHimself
IC Places Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Entertainers with Byron Allen2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Guys Choice Awards 20122012TV SpecialHimself
2012 MTV Movie Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story2012DocumentaryHimself
WWE Tribute to the Troops2011TV SpecialHimself
Making the Case: Creating the Lincoln Lawyer2011ShortHimself
One on One with McConaughey and Connelly2011Video shortHimself
Close Up2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Actor
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman2011TV MovieHimself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2011TV SeriesHimself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2017Documentary post-production
Access Hollywood2017TV SeriesHimself
Extra2014-2017TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014-2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interstellar
The Insider2016TV SeriesHimself
The Drunken Peasants2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Addressing Texas Football Team
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2014TV Series documentaryVilmer
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012-2013TV SeriesRon Woodroof / Himself - Dolce & Gabbana Cologne Commercial
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesMark Hanna
CMT Insider2006-2011TV SeriesMick Haller / Himself
World's Dumbest2010TV SeriesHimself
Buscando a Penélope2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Almost Famous II2009TV Movie documentary
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryHimself / Dirk Pitt
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHimself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself
Celebrity Debut2006TV MovieHimself
101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies2005TV MovieHimself - Place #42
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Biography2005TV Series documentary
Celebrities Uncensored2004TV SeriesHimself
La guerra en el cine2003Video documentary shortLt. Andrew Tyler, Executive Officer
Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth2000Video documentaryHimself
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bl!tz1997TV Series documentaryPalmer Joss

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearGold (2016)· Bryce Dallas Howard
· Edgar Ramírez
· Stacy Keach
2015CCOPCríticos de Cinema Online Portugueses AwardsBest Actor (Melhor Actor)Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2015Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest TV ActorTrue Detective (2014)
2014TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaTrue Detective (2014)
2014Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn November 17, 2014. At 6931 Hollywood Blvd.
2014OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationActor of the YearDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Leading ActorTrue Detective (2014)
2014Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2014DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)Film Performance of the Year - ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyBest International ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsMud (2012)· Jeff Nichols (director)
· Francine Maisler (castind director)
· Joe Don Baker (ensemble cast)
· Jacob Lofland (ensemble cast)
· Ray McKinnon (ensemble cast)
· Sarah Paulson (ensemble cast)
· Michael Shannon (ensemble cast)
· Sam Shepard (ensemble cast)
· Tye Sheridan (ensemble cast)
· Paul Sparks (ensemble cast)
· Bonnie Sturdivant (ensemble cast)
· Reese Witherspoon (ensemble cast)
2014IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista)Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014OFCC AwardOklahoma Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Body of WorkDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Desert Palm Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero)Mud (2012)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorKiller Joe (2011)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationActor of the YearMagic Mike (2012)
2013DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsFavorite Celebrity of the Year
2013Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsActor of the YearDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleMagic Mike (2012)
2013Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorMagic Mike (2012)
2013NFCS AwardNevada Film Critics SocietyBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Best ActorRome Film FestDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion PictureDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorMagic Mike (2012)
2012Special Honorary AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBernie (2011)
2012NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorBernie (2011)
2006People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Action Star
2003FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastThirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)· Alan Arkin
· Alex Burns
· David Connolly
· Richard Council
· Clea DuVall
· Shawn Elliott
· Frankie Faison
· Malcolm Gets
· Peggy Gormley
· Amy Irving
· Walt MacPherson
· James Murtaugh
· Barbara Sukowa
· Tia Texada
· John Turturro
· William Wise
1997Special AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsRising Star Actor
1997MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceA Time to Kill (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorFree State of Jones (2016)
2015Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTrue Detective (2014)
2015Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorInterstellar (2014)
2015Cinema Bloggers AwardCinema Bloggers Awards, PortugalBest Actor - International CompetitionDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2015Cinema Bloggers AwardCinema Bloggers Awards, PortugalBest Actor - International CompetitionInterstellar (2014)
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Actor - International CompetitionDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2015Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)TV Performance of the Year - ActorTrue Detective (2014)
2015PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaTrue Detective (2014)· Richard Brown
· Carol Cuddy
· Steve Golin
· Woody Harrelson
· Cary Joji Fukunaga
· Nic Pizzolatto
· Scott Stephens
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2014VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)· Nic Pizzolatto (executive producer)
· Cary Joji Fukunaga (executive producer)
· Scott Stephens (executive producer)
· Steve Golin (executive producer)
· Woody Harrelson (executive producer)
· Richard Brown (executive producer)
· Carol Cuddy (producer)
2014AACTA International AwardAACTA International AwardsBest Lead ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorMud (2012)
2014GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Wolf of Wall Street (2013)· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jonah Hill
· Jon Bernthal
· Jean Dujardin
· Jon Favreau
· Joanna Lumley
· Cristin Milioti
· Rob Reiner
· Margot Robbie
· Ethan Suplee
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActorTrue Detective (2014)
2014Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsFavorite Celebrity of the Year
2014ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorMud (2012)
2014INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Supporting ActorMud (2012)
2014IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista)The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen DuoDallas Buyers Club (2013)· Jared Leto
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TransformationDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureDallas Buyers Club (2013)· Jennifer Garner
· Jared Leto
· Denis O'Hare
· Dallas Roberts
· Steve Zahn
2014Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble CastThe Wolf of Wall Street (2013)· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jonah Hill
· Jon Bernthal
· Jean Dujardin
· Jon Favreau
· Joanna Lumley
· Cristin Milioti
· Rob Reiner
· Margot Robbie
· Ethan Suplee
2013TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorMagic Mike (2012)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorBernie (2011)
2013DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest Supporting ActorMud (2012)
2013DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorMud (2012)
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorMud (2012)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadKiller Joe (2011)
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead PerformanceDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorKiller Joe (2011)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best ActorMud (2012)
2013INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Supporting ActorMagic Mike (2012)
2013IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista)Killer Joe (2011)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorMud (2012)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleMud (2012)
2013SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorKiller Joe (2011)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActorKiller Joe (2011)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorBernie (2011)
2012DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest Supporting ActorMagic Mike (2012)
2012DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorKiller Joe (2011)
2012Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceBernie (2011)· Jack Black
· Shirley MacLaine
2012HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorMagic Mike (2012)
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorKiller Joe (2011)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Action Adventure/ThrillerSahara (2005)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie LiplockSahara (2005)· Penélope Cruz
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie LiarHow to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie LiplockHow to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)· Kate Hudson
2001Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice ChemistryThe Wedding Planner (2001)· Jennifer Lopez
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - ActionU-571 (2000)
1999Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Sexiest Love SceneEdtv (1999)· Elizabeth Hurley
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - DramaContact (1997)
1997CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorA Time to Kill (1996)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actor of the YearDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorDallas Buyers Club (2013)
2012ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceMagic Mike (2012)

TitleSalary
Free State of Jones (2016)at least $5,000,000
The Sea of Trees (2015)$3,500,000
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)less than $200,000 plus backend
Sahara (2005)$8,000,000
The Wedding Planner (2001)$5,000,000
Amistad (1997)$1,000,000
A Time to Kill (1996)$250,000
Angels in the Outfield (1994)$48,500

#Fact
1He has worked with 6 directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, and Martin Scorsese.
2Has played characters named Joseph Cooper in both Killer Joe (2011) and Interstellar (2014).
3He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 17, 2014.
4The marriage between Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves was a private, Catholic Church ceremony, which took place in Austin, Texas, where they maintain a family residence for part of each year.
5One of his paternal ancestors, Confederate Brigadier General Dandridge McRae, who fought to keep slavery in the South, was born in Baldwin County, Alabama. One of McConaughey's most famous early roles was portraying Roger Baldwin, one of the lawyers in Amistad (1997), a real life historical person, who fought to free captive slaves, and later became Governor of Connecticut and a US Senator. The lives of McRae (1829-1899) and Baldwin (1793-1863) overlapped in time from October 1829 when McRae was born, until February 1863, when Baldwin died, which was during the US Civil War, which McRae was fighting in at the time.
6One of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014]
7He lost 47 pounds to play Ron Woodruff in his Oscar award winning role in Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
8One of his first acting jobs was in a music video for country music star Trisha Yearwood's song with Don Henley, "Walkaway Joe".
9He is from the same small Texas town, Uvalde (2010 census population of 15,751), from which the late, former three-term Governor of Texas, Dolph Briscoe (after whom the post office is named); singer/actress Dale Evans; former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and former Vice President of the United States John Nance Garner; Grammy winning Tejano group Los Palominos; and long time NFL safety Vann McElroy call(ed) home.
10His mother Kay McConaughey appeared in Bernie (2011).
11Became a father for the 3rd time at age 43, when his wife Camila Alves gave birth to their son Livingston Alves McConaughey on December 28, 2012.
12Became a father for the 2nd time at age 40, when his girlfriend [now wife] Camila Alves gave birth to their daughter Vida Alves McConaughey on January 3, 2010.
13Became a father for the 1st time at age 38, when his girlfriend [now wife] Camila Alves gave birth to their son Levi Alves McConaughey on July 7, 2008.
14Is a huge fan of English rock band, The Cult. On March 17, 2012, at one of The Cult's performances in Austin, Texas, he even went onstage and played bongo drums with them during two songs.
15(December 26, 2011) Engaged to Camila Alves.
16His first two L.A. auditions were for Angels in the Outfield (1994) and Boys on the Side (1995), in that order... both of which he landed, learning about being cast in Boys on the Side while physically on the set.
17In Michael Connelly's novel "Nine Dragons", in which Micky Haller, the character McConaughey plays in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), makes an appearance, a suspect claims that McConaughey is his alibi.
18His original career plan in college was to graduate with studies in pre-law, and then graduate law school, with the goal of becoming a criminal defense attorney, something he'd end up portraying in A Time to Kill (1996) and The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).
19(March 26, 2011) Was in attendance at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon to Jim Toth.
20Good friends with singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson.
21Traveled to France to support his good buddy, Lance Armstrong, during the 2009 Tour De France. [July 2009]
22Has played Brazilian music for eight straight hours in the operating room to help his then girlfriend, Camila Alves (now wife) Camila Alves, give birth to their first child, Levi.
23Attended Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with his girlfriend, Camilla Alves (now Camila Alves). [February 2008]
24His favorite actor is Paul Newman.
25In 2006, he did an interview with Barbara Walters and was very happy with the way it was conducted. As a 'thank you', he gave Walters a foot-rub.
26He chews tobacco.
27Had a dog named "Mrs. Hud", named in appreciation of the movie Hud (1963), which starred his favorite actor, Paul Newman.
28Has his own line of clothing, called "j.k. livin", named for his life's motto, "Just keep living", which is also the name of his charitable foundation.
29Is a huge fan of Willie Nelson.
30He has said that the superhero he would most like to play is The Hulk, but he doubts that it will happen since both Edward Norton and Eric Bana have played him. When someone asked him if he would consider playing Captain America he said that he thinks "Captain America is an awesome name".
31His childhood hero was Evel Knievel, and he has said that he would like to star in a movie based on Knievel's life.
32He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 10, 2006 in Austin, Texas. The other inductees were Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Cybill Shepherd and Lyle Lovett.
33Afraid of revolving doors.
34In November 2007, he bought a 3,500 square foot, four bed - three bath home in Malibu for $10 million. He was shopping for a home in the area and spotted the property - which was not on the market - and made an offer to the residents for the property, which was accepted.
35He has traveled around Mali in western Africa.
36He was considered for the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997). He then played Dirk Pitt (in Sahara (2005)), who found the Titanic in another adventure.
37Named one of People magazine's "Hottest Bachelors" in 2006.
38Good friends with Lance Armstrong and Jake Gyllenhaal.
39Has worked with such well-known directors as Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Linklater and Jonathan Mostow.
40Announced that he would be auctioning his 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on eBay, with all of the proceeds of the sale earmarked for donation Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief funds (2005).
41Has three bedrooms in his house and sleeps in all of them in turn.
42He is well known as someone who almost never wears deodorant or cologne.
43His brother, Michael McConaughey, aka Rooster McConaughey, had a son and named him Miller Lyte McConaughey.
44His life motto is "Just keep living".
45Was considered for a role in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).
46Turned down a role in The Jackal (1997).
47Chosen by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive in 2005.
48Despite being a native Texan, he is a huge fan of the Washington Redskins NFL team.
49His ancestry includes English, German, Irish, Scottish and Swedish. On his father's side, he is related to Confederate Brigadier General Dandridge McRae, who was born in Baldwin County, Alabama, USA. One of Matthew's paternal great-grandfathers, Robert Smith Maitland, was a Scottish immigrant, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom; and one of Matthew's maternal great-grandmothers, Adele Selma Pack, was German, born in Elberfeld, Westphalia, Prussia, German Empire. The surname McConaughey is also of Scottish origin.
50During a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Leno surprised him with an old airline training tape he had acted in. McConaughey had no memory of being in the video.
51He traveled around the United States for a month in his personal Airsteam trailer promoting his movie Sahara (2005).
52Served as the Grand Marshall for the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida. [February 2005]
53Was accompanied by Penélope Cruz to the Grammy Awards in 2005. The couple met on the set of Sahara (2005).
54McConaughey was on the sidelines with the Texas Longhorns football team during the 2006 Rose Bowl, when the Longhorns beat the USC Trojans 41-38.
55Is a huge fan of John Mellencamp's music. Was seen wearing a T-shirt from Mellencamp's "Whenever We Wanted" tour in A Time to Kill (1996).
56His first professional acting job was in a beer commercial.
57His father, James Donald McConaughey, died of a heart attack in August 1992. He once played football for the Green Bay Packers.
58He owns a 1,600-acre ranch in west Texas, which he purchased for $500,000.
59Member of Delta Tau Delta, international college fraternity.
60Voted "Most Handsome" in his senior year of high school.
61Travelled around Peru after filming A Time to Kill (1996).
62Was for some time strongly considered to play Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997), until Leonardo DiCaprio decided to accept the role.
63Police responded to a disturbance call at Matthew's home in Austin, Texas in October 1999. When they arrived, the music was blaring and Matthew was playing bongo drums in the nude. He was with an unknown man and police attempted to arrest both of them after spotting illegal drugs. Matthew resisted arrest.
64Arrested in Austin, Texas for "resisting transportation" after first being under suspicion for marijuana possession. [October 1999]
65Attended and graduated from Longview High School in Longview, Texas in 1988.
66Attended the University of Texas at Austin, College of Communication, where he majored in film, receiving his Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television-Film (1993).
67He lived for a year in Warnervale, New South Wales, Australia, as a 1988 Rotary exchange student in 1988, returning with an adopted Australian accent which remained with him for awhile after returning to the United States.
68His mother, Mary Kathleen "Kay" McCabe, is a schoolteacher.

#Quote
1[on his astronaut role in Interstellar (2014) I prepared myself for a bloodbath, and I came out of with only sweat. So I felt I got away with something.
2[on his catchphrase] Those were actually the very first words I ever said on screen (in Dazed and Confused (1993)). "Alright, alright, alright." And do you know why I said 'alright' three times? I'm going to give you a callback to something I said five minutes ago. Because I'm in my car, I'm high, I've got my rock 'n' roll, but I don't have the chick. So I got three out of four that matter to me. So it's just alright, alright, alright! There's no fourth 'alright'. I gotta pull into the top notch and pick up the fourth.
3[on being cast opposite Woody Harrelson] Part of why we're friends and part of why we do what we do the way we do is that we're on each other's frequency. We add on, we affirm each other, and we one-up each other. It can turn into improv and it can go and go into the ether and then some.
4[on the reaction to his dieting, losing 47 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)] My daughter was looking at me, and she said, "Why is your neck long like a giraffe?". The giraffe's neck was the only comment I got from them. They saw the transformation day to day. Now when I went to see someone who I hadn't seen in months, that's the people who would go crazy. It went from "Is everything alright?" and then it got to "Are you okay?" and the last one was, "Oh my God, you're sick." At that point, I thought Ron was just the weight he needed to be.
5[on Dallas Buyers Club (2013)] I really enjoyed working with Jean-Marc [Vallee]. He introduced me to Skype; I didn't know what Skype was. He didn't like the emails as much as talking in person, so we had many late nights sitting there discussing the script. We took a hell of a ride together.
6I didn't study acting before I got my first job. And I thought, "Hey, maybe you're not the kind of actor that needs to study lines - you just know your man, and you show up and you just do it'. I go do this film Scorpion Spring (1995), and I get this idea. "I'm not gonna look at anything. I know what I am - the drug lord on the Mexican border in Texas. I'll just show up on the set, stay fresh and loose." Well I get down there and I pick this scene, and it's a page-and-a-half monologue in Spanish. I felt this trickle of sweat. "Um, can you give me twelve minutes?". And I said, "Never again, man.".
7[a memorable audition] Worst for me was a Lee Tamahori film. Went for a read for the part of a heavy. I knew going out, 'Man, you kind of gave 80 percent'. So I got in my truck and turned around - U-turn - came back in, walked right past the secretary, knocked the casting director out of the way, went right up to Tamahori and weight-nailed him against the wall. I grabbed the next guy and put him in the corner, grabbed like a spoon or something. I just wrecked the room and then left. I didn't hear back from 'em.
8[on playing AIDS-challenged Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)] Stay with the anarchy of this guy. Stay with the bigoted bastard. Stay with the guy who's out for self-preservation. Stay with the guy who's a business man. The guy wants to be Scarface, man - the cause, and the crusader - and the activist will be revealed. Whether you like him or not, you respect him at the end of the story because you're like, "I can't believe someone has the courage to be that much of an ass and can still sleep at night." This is a character who, like him or not, you're like, "Well that's just who he is." And if you can go "That's who he is", then you get the human. And if you've got the human, he can be a bastard, a homophobe, a bigot, whatever.
9[on working with teenage actors Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland in Mud (2012)] They both reminded me that seeing everything for the first time is what acting is all about. So we were playing make-believe and having fun. It's good that they could see the lead arrive on time and when he did he knew his lines. They were definitely watching how I handled my business.
10(2011, on dealing with the paparazzi) I was tired of getting pissed off. It was legitimate but I was tired of it. I thought, well, am I ready to move to a place where they weren't? No, not for good. Was I ready to build fences or tall walls around my house? No. So I just shook hands with it and dealt with it. So, say I'm taking my kids to the beach. And the photographers are there. I just talk to them and say, "Okay, go ahead and take your picture. And then move on." How many pictures do they need of me running on the beach? So far, they've mostly respected that. But you've got to have a relationship with that kind of thing if you go out in public because that check's already been written. Sure, I feel intruded upon. But I don't feel it's unfair. I can't do anything about it unless I move on or imprison myself, and I don't want to live like that.
11(2011, on sudden fame after A Time to Kill (1996)) The Friday before it came out, you could have shown my picture to 100 people and asked if they knew who I was and you'd have gotten 99 no's and one yes", he says. "And the next week, it flipped in the opposite direction. I remember walking down the street in Los Angeles the weekend the movie came out and all these people were looking at me. I remember checking my fly. There was a tremendous amount of frequency cast on me. The shift was so dramatic that, at times, it was overwhelming. Once the movie had opened, what I did to maintain my sanity was pack a backpack and get a one-way ticket to Peru. I checked out for 19 days and just hiked, anonymously, with no plan. I hiked Macchu Picchu and canoed the Amazon. I just needed to let time catch up with me.
12(2011, on filming Angels in the Outfield (1994), then landing Boys on the Side (1995)) I was getting $48,500 just to act and play baseball. I thought I was rolling in dough. Two weeks into shooting that, I got called back to read for Herbert Ross and got that role (in Boys on the Side) too".
13(2011, on his beginning actor days) I was waiting tables, picking up $1,500 here and there from commercials. I did a commercial for Miller Lite and made like $6,000-and that was huge!
14(2011) I personally don't like to go see romantic comedies. But people do want to see them, and they seem to want to see me in them. And quite a few of them have been real successful. I like to think that they're not shallow--they're light. And it's hard work to keep them light, to keep the comedy buoyant. If you dig too deep in those, you kill them. In some ways, it's a lot easier to do something like The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). The punches hit, the bullets land and the consequences are life and death. I can click into that.
15(2011) I always loved to debate. I still do. I wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer at one point. And I always seem to be playing them.
16[on doing The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)] It's nice to play a guy who is kind of a bottom-feeder. He's not about morals or ethics; he's about getting people off and getting it done any way he can. So he's pretty-street-smart, compared to my A Time to Kill (1996) guy.
17[on playing a man who operates out of his car, in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)] Let's admit it, I was that guy. I've customized vans and Airstream trailers, and I know how to make a car my home.
18(on working with Woody Harrelson in Edtv (1999) and Surfer, Dude (2008)) My good man Woody Harrelson, man. Whatever it is, we turn each other on. We really have a comfort with each other. Always good value with Wood-man. Classic, classic wild man.
19Who needs a house when you can live in a trailer? People tell me it's not a very Hollywood way to live but it happens to be my preference. I've lived in big houses and a big space gave me too many options. I had this amazing chair that I loved but I'd go months without sitting on it. I had some nice paintings on the walls but I'd hardly ever look at them. I realized I didn't need those things. So I went minimalist. My Airstream trailer is 28 feet by 7 feet and it's got everything I need, including TV and wireless Internet. It's stress-free living because my choices are limited. My living space is so small that I can sit on the toilet and scramble eggs at the same time. How cool is that?
20It's amazing how quickly you shower when you think there might be a python in your room. There were heaps of weird creatures around in Queensland when we were shooting my latest film, Fool's Gold (2008). I had an 8 foot python in the coconut tree in my backyard and a 6 foot python in my shed. When I returned after three weeks, they'd gone. It's one thing having pythons in your garden and knowing they're there; it's a lot more unsettling knowing they're somewhere about but you don't know where. So I was going through every closet and checking under the bed. Every time I took a bath I got nervous. I'd be washing my hair with my eyes closed and be thinking "What am I not seeing right now?". With pythons about, you quickly get used to sleeping with one eye open.
21(on his favorite meal) You haven't lived until you've tasted my butt chicken. You get a can of beer and leave half of the liquid inside it. Throw a bunch of spices into the can, then stick that in the chicken and stand it up on the grill. The beer will start to boil and the spices begin to lubricate the chicken. Do it right and nothing on this earth tastes better? no barbecue is complete without it. I cooked it up for Al Pacino while we were making Two for the Money (2005) - he dug it, man. All the proof I need.
22"Just keep living" is the motto that keeps me moving forward. I've had that motto since I was 21. I was filming Dazed and Confused (1993), my father had just died, and I suddenly realized I was no longer a boy. My life's a lot bigger now. I have far more responsibilities. Also, it's been a long while since I was anonymous.
23I'm a loner and proud of it. I can be the world's most sociable guy and I love few things more than throwing a barbecue for my crowd. But being alone is where it's mostly at for me. Nothing beats the feeling of taking off on my own and driving to wherever the road takes me. I'll drive as far as I can drive, 1,700 miles in one stretch if the mood takes me. When I left Ireland after filming Reign of Fire (2002), I went backpacking on my own in Africa for 26 days. I floated on the Niger River, raced camels in the Sahara Desert, had myself a blast.
24I love taking advantage of my fame. If I go to the airport and get taken to the front of the line, I'm not going to protest. When I show up to see a band and I get whisked backstage, I like it. If I'm offered the use of a private jet, bring it on. But I draw the line at playing the, "Do you know who I am?" card and I refuse to have every little thing done for me. If you buy into all that, it will show up in your acting. The trick is to understand that being a good actor isn't playing a red-carpet celebrity. Fame is the by-product. If you don't see that, you'll be chasing your tail for a full decade ? and that makes a man dizzy. It's important to realize that fame is a dance, and I'd like to think I've got my dance down better now.
25To understand me, you need to understand Texan logic. If you come from Texas, you're 100 per cent American but you'll do things the Texan way. We're independent. We've got our own way of doing things. Try to build fences round us and we'll run you out of town. I can go anywhere in the world but my spirit is still Texan and I recognize my own kind. There are no secret handshakes but when Texans meet there's a special fraternity.
26I want to be reincarnated as a jaguar. They're the coolest animals in the world. I came across one very briefly in the Manú National Park in Peru. I followed its tracks and got close enough to realize how beautifully self-contained it was. Jaguars are keen and they're perfectly poised. I'd sure love to be that well designed.
27(on working with Christian Bale in Reign of Fire (2002)) Christian is one of the finest actors I've ever had the privilege of working with. He's a giving actor, and he'll lay it on the line to get good results.
28[on shapely women] I see it more with black women, who get dressed up and they're wearin' everything to fit snug, and they're walking the walk. And you're like, "Man, look at you go! Where did you get that?". She might be a larger package, but boy, she sure understands how she's wrapped.
29(on Hollywood) I love it. It's silly to say that it is a world of false and stupid people. Sure there are witches and swindlers, but you can meet there many creative, talented and generous persons too. Hollywood is a pleasant place, when you are hip to the game and you enjoy it for what it is really.
30(on how he got started in acting) I was about 21 when I started. I dropped out of law school to go to film school -- the idea of practicing law for my whole life seemed a little boring. I was doing more directing stuff to start with, until a student mate asked me to be in his film Dazed and Confused (1993). A professional guy named Don Phillips spotted me and the rest is history.
31Traveling is a great love of mine. I love South America and Africa. I'm your ultimate backpacker when I'm away. It's just me and my backpack. It's good for getting away from the industry.
32(on himself) My best quality is that I'm a big hearted person. I'm resilient, too. My worst quality is selfishness, although everyone is guilty of that to an extent. Everyone should be, I think -- you need to respect yourself.
33[on career philosophy] Be the lean horse for the long ride. I figure I am in the third round of a 15 round fight.

#Trademark
1His catchphrase "Alright, alright, alright!"
2Habitually taking off his shirt
3Heavy Texas drawl
4Curly light brown hair and soft blue eyes

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