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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 Rick 2017 pre-production
The Dark Tower 2017 post-production Man in Black
Gold 2016/I Kenny Wells
Lincoln: Crafted 2016 Video short
Sing 2016 Buster Moon (voice)
Kubo and the Two Strings 2016 Beetle (voice)
Free State of Jones 2016 Newton Knight
The Sea of Trees 2015 Arthur Brennan
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2015 TV Series Vulcan Video Clerk
Interstellar 2014 Cooper
True Detective 2014 TV Series Detective Rust Cohle
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Mark Hanna
Dallas Buyers Club 2013 Ron Woodroof
Synthesizers 2013 Video short Wooderson
Magic Mike 2012 Dallas
Mud 2012 Mud
The Paperboy 2012 Ward Jansen
Eastbound & Down 2010-2012 TV Series Roy McDaniel Texas Scout
Killer Joe 2011 Killer Joe Cooper
Bernie 2011 Danny Buck
The Lincoln Lawyer 2011 Mick Haller
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 Connor Mead
Surfer, Dude 2008 Steve Addington
Tropic Thunder 2008 Rick Peck - Peck's Office
Fool's Gold 2008/I Finn
We Are Marshall 2006 Jack Lengyel
Failure to Launch 2006 Tripp
Two for the Money 2005 Brandon
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D 2005 Documentary short Al Bean (voice)
Sahara 2005 Dirk Pitt
Tiptoes 2003 Steven Bedalia
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 Ben Barry
Freedom: A History of Us 2003 TV Series documentary Andrew Jackson Mark Twain John Swinton ...
Reign of Fire 2002 Denton Van Zan
Frailty 2001 Adam Meiks
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2001 Troy
The Wedding Planner 2001 Steve Edison
Sex and the City 2000 TV Series Matthew McConaughey
U-571 2000 Lt. Andrew Tyler
Bonne Nuit 1999 TV Movie Nathan
Edtv 1999 Ed
King of the Hill 1999 TV Series Rad Thibodeaux
The Rebel 1998 Short
Making Sandwiches 1998 Short Bud Hoagie
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 Matthew McConaughey
The Newton Boys 1998 Willis Newton
Amistad 1997 Roger Sherman Baldwin
Contact 1997 Palmer Joss
Larger Than Life 1996 Tip Tucker
A Time to Kill 1996 Jake Tyler Brigance
Lone Star 1996 Buddy Deeds
Judgement 1995 Short Deputy Sam Taylor
Submission 1995 Short Joe
Scorpion Spring 1995 El Rojo
Glory Daze 1995 Rental Truck Guy
Boys on the Side 1995 Abe
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation 1994 Vilmer
Angels in the Outfield 1994 Ben Williams
My Boyfriend's Back 1993 Guy #2
Dazed and Confused 1993 Wooderson
Unsolved Mysteries 1992 TV Series documentary Larry Dickens

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Full Burn TV Series executive producer announced
Gold 2016/I producer
True Detective 2014-2015 TV Series executive producer - 16 episodes
Addicted to Facebook 2009 Short executive producer
Surfer, Dude 2008 producer
Sahara 2005 executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning Britain 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 performer: "The Money Chant" / writer: "The Money Chant"
Magic Mike 2012 performer: "Sound Off Duckworth Chant", "Ladies of Tampa", "Ladies of Miami" / writer: "Ladies of Tampa", "Ladies of Miami"
Surfer, Dude 2008 performer: "Star-Spangled Banner"
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 performer: "You're So Vain"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rebel 1998 Short
Chicano Chariots 1992 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rebel 1998 Short writer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Surfer, Dude 2008 music supervisor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Making the Case: Creating the Lincoln Lawyer 2011 Short special thanks
Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach 2008 Documentary thanks
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 special thanks
Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary 1997 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Film Fiend 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hour 2011 TV Series Himself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing
The Role That Changed My Life 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Guy's Big Bite 2010 TV Series Himself
Rachael Ray 2009-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Live 2000-2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cirque du Soleil's Poetic Social Mission 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas 2009 TV Movie Himself
Rove Live 2009 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Made in China 2009/I Himself
Texas Monthly Talks 2008 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
E! True Hollywood Story 2004-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Getaway 2008 TV Series Himself - Celebrity traveller
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch 2008 TV Series Himself
Biography 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather 2007 TV Movie Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Penélope, camino a los Oscar 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
MovieReal: We Are Marshall 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The View 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fuse Celebrity Playlist 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith 2006 TV Series Himself
Return of the Thundering Herd: The Story That Inspired 'We Are Marshall' 2006 Video documentary Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2005-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
CMT Insider 2006 TV Series Himself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Men 2006 TV Special Himself
Keith Barry: Extraordinary 2006 TV Movie Himself
Will & Grace 2006 TV Series Himself
Corazón, corazón 2006 TV Series Himself
Corazón de... 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2002-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 2006 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Two for the Money' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards 2006 TV Special documentary Himself
What It Takes 2006 TV Series Himself
Across the Sands of Sahara 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Making 'Sahara' 2005 Video short Himself
Visualizing 'Sahara' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story 2005 TV Movie Himself - Host
Caiga quien caiga 2005 TV Series Himself
My Crazy Life 2005 TV Series Himself
Total Request Live 2005 TV Series Himself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Screenplay
Making 'Dazed' 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Art Show 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Paparazzi 2004 Himself (uncredited)
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Frat Boys 2003 TV Movie documentary
Young Hollywood Awards 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Film clip from 'Gangs of New York'
The Making of 'Frailty' 2002 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Festival Pass with Chris Gore 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter (uncredited)
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Anatomy of a Scene 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
2000 ALMA Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Creating and Constructing 'U-571' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Nulle part ailleurs 2000 TV Series Himself
Nulle part ailleurs: midi 2000 TV Series Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998-2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
Edtv: Caught in the Camera's Eye 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute 1999 TV Movie Himself
The Story of Darrell Royal 1999 Video documentary Narrator
The Teen Choice Awards 1999 1999 TV Special Himself
The Making of 'Amistad' 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Junket Whore 1998 Documentary Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Waking in Mississippi 1998 Documentary Himself
Mundo VIP 1998 TV Series Himself
1997 MTV Movie Awards 1997 TV Special documentary Himself
HBO First Look 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Documentary 1996 Video documentary Himself
Made in Hollywood 2013-2017 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006-2017 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Musical Guest Introducer
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005-2017 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interstellar / Himself - Phone Interview
Extra 2014-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interstellar
Good Morning America 2013-2017 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Big Fan 2017 TV Series Himself
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors 2017 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series Himself
The Chew 2016 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2007-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interstellar
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Today 2005-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2005-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Rock the Troops 2016 TV Movie Himself
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Film Awards 2016 Video Himself
The 50th Annual CMA Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
The History of Jones County 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Stand Up to Cancer 2016 TV Special Himself
The Talk 2014-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Celebrity Style Story 2016 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 2003-2015 TV Series Himself - Host / Howlin' Bobby Wallace / Buster Littles / ...
IMDb Asks 2015 TV Series Himself
Creating Interstellar: A Discussion with Christopher Nolan, Anne Hathaway, Mathew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain 2015 Video short Himself
Experiencing Interstellar: A Discussion with Anne Hathaway, Mathew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain 2015 Video short Himself
Inside 'Interstellar' 2015 Video documentary Himself
The Science of Interstellar 2015 Documentary Narrator
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Friars Club Super Bowl Roast of Terry Bradshaw 2015 TV Movie Himself
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Nominee / Presenter: Female Actor in Leading Role
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Nominee / Presenter
A Football Life 2015 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2009-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
IMDb: What to Watch 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 Documentary Himself
Interstellar: Nolan's Odyssey 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Larry King Now 2012-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Weekend Ticket 2014 TV Series short Himself
Rencontres de cinéma 2014 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Reporter in Focus 2014 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2011-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years 2014 Himself - Host
I Am Evel Knievel 2014 Documentary Himself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Himself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie & Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives 2012-2014 TV Series Himself
The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Guys Choice Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Himself
2014 MTV Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee
La noche de los Oscar 2014 TV Movie Himself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film / Best Animated Film and Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter / Winner
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Inside the Actors Studio 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter / Winner
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter / Winner
SAG Foundation Conversations 2014 TV Series Himself
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2014 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
71st Golden Globe Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Winner
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Making True Detective 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Rustin Cohle
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables 2013 TV Series Himself
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Himself
E! News 2013 TV Series Himself
Mud: Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas 2013 Short Himself
A Personal Tale: Writing and Directing MUD 2013 Video short Himself
The Arkansas Ensemble the Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud 2013 Short Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2000-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter / Nominee
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
SXSW Flashback 2012 2012 TV Movie Himself
We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Hollywood Fast Lane 2012 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Daily Show 2001-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Janela Indiscreta 2012 TV Series Himself
A Moment With 2012 TV Series Himself
IC Places Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Entertainers with Byron Allen 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Guys Choice Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Himself
2012 MTV Movie Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story 2012 Documentary Himself
WWE Tribute to the Troops 2011 TV Special Himself
Making the Case: Creating the Lincoln Lawyer 2011 Short Himself
One on One with McConaughey and Connelly 2011 Video short Himself
Close Up 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Actor
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman 2011 TV Movie Himself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2011 TV Series Himself
Lopez Tonight 2011 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary post-production
Access Hollywood 2017 TV Series Himself
Extra 2014-2017 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2014-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself - Interstellar
The Insider 2016 TV Series Himself
The Drunken Peasants 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Addressing Texas Football Team
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2014 TV Series documentary Vilmer
The Graham Norton Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012-2013 TV Series Ron Woodroof / Himself - Dolce & Gabbana Cologne Commercial
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Mark Hanna
CMT Insider 2006-2011 TV Series Mick Haller / Himself
World's Dumbest 2010 TV Series Himself
Buscando a Penélope 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Almost Famous II 2009 TV Movie documentary
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2007 TV Series Himself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself / Dirk Pitt
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Himself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2006 Documentary Himself
Celebrity Debut 2006 TV Movie Himself
101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies 2005 TV Movie Himself - Place #42
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary
Celebrities Uncensored 2004 TV Series Himself
La guerra en el cine 2003 Video documentary short Lt. Andrew Tyler, Executive Officer
Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth 2000 Video documentary Himself
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bl!tz 1997 TV Series documentary Palmer Joss

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year Gold (2016) · Bryce Dallas Howard
· Edgar Ramírez
· Stacy Keach
2015 CCOP Críticos de Cinema Online Portugueses Awards Best Actor (Melhor Actor) Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2015 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Actor True Detective (2014)
2014 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama True Detective (2014)
2014 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On November 17, 2014. At 6931 Hollywood Blvd.
2014 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Actor of the Year Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Dagger Crime Thriller Awards, UK Best Leading Actor True Detective (2014)
2014 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series True Detective (2014)
2014 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Film Performance of the Year - Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Golden Camera Golden Camera, Germany Best International Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Robert Altman Award Independent Spirit Awards Mud (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)
2014 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista) Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 OFCC Award Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Body of Work Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Desert Palm Achievement Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) Mud (2012)
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Killer Joe (2011)
2013 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Actor of the Year Magic Mike (2012)
2013 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Favorite Celebrity of the Year
2013 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Actor of the Year Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Magic Mike (2012)
2013 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Magic Mike (2012)
2013 NFCS Award Nevada Film Critics Society Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Best Actor Rome Film Fest Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Magic Mike (2012)
2012 Special Honorary Award Austin Film Critics Association Bernie (2011)
2012 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Bernie (2011)
2006 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Action Star
2003 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble Cast Thirteen 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
1997 Special Award Lone Star Film & Television Awards Rising Star Actor
1997 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance A Time to Kill (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Free State of Jones (2016)
2015 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television True Detective (2014)
2015 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Interstellar (2014)
2015 Cinema Bloggers Award Cinema Bloggers Awards, Portugal Best Actor - International Competition Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2015 Cinema Bloggers Award Cinema Bloggers Awards, Portugal Best Actor - International Competition Interstellar (2014)
2015 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Actor - International Competition Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2015 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) TV Performance of the Year - Actor True Detective (2014)
2015 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama True Detective (2014) · Richard Brown
· Carol Cuddy
· Steve Golin
· Woody Harrelson
· Cary Joji Fukunaga
· Nic Pizzolatto
· Scott Stephens
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series True Detective (2014)
2014 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series True Detective (2014)
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series True 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)
2014 AACTA International Award AACTA International Awards Best Lead Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Mud (2012)
2014 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The 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
2014 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actor True Detective (2014)
2014 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Favorite Celebrity of the Year
2014 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Mud (2012)
2014 INOCA International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Supporting Actor Mud (2012)
2014 IFTA Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best International Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo Dallas Buyers Club (2013) · Jared Leto
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Transformation Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series True Detective (2014)
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Dallas Buyers Club (2013) · Jennifer Garner
· Jared Leto
· Denis O'Hare
· Dallas Roberts
· Steve Zahn
2014 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2014 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast The 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
2013 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Magic Mike (2012)
2013 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Bernie (2011)
2013 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Supporting Actor Mud (2012)
2013 DFCC Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Mud (2012)
2013 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Mud (2012)
2013 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Killer Joe (2011)
2013 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Performance Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Killer Joe (2011)
2013 Halfway Award International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Actor Mud (2012)
2013 INOCA International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Supporting Actor Magic Mike (2012)
2013 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) Killer Joe (2011)
2013 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Mud (2012)
2013 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Mud (2012)
2013 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Killer Joe (2011)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actor Killer Joe (2011)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Bernie (2011)
2012 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Supporting Actor Magic Mike (2012)
2012 DFCC Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Killer Joe (2011)
2012 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Bernie (2011) · Jack Black
· Shirley MacLaine
2012 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Magic Mike (2012)
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Killer Joe (2011)
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure/Thriller Sahara (2005)
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock Sahara (2005) · Penélope Cruz
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liar How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) · Kate Hudson
2001 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Chemistry The Wedding Planner (2001) · Jennifer Lopez
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Action U-571 (2000)
1999 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Sexiest Love Scene Edtv (1999) · Elizabeth Hurley
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Drama Contact (1997)
1997 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor A Time to Kill (1996)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2013 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actor Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
2012 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance Magic 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
1 He 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.
2 Has played characters named Joseph Cooper in both Killer Joe (2011) and Interstellar (2014).
3 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 17, 2014.
4 The 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.
5 One 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.
6 One of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014]
7 He lost 47 pounds to play Ron Woodruff in his Oscar award winning role in Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
8 One of his first acting jobs was in a music video for country music star Trisha Yearwood's song with Don Henley, "Walkaway Joe".
9 He 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.
10 His mother Kay McConaughey appeared in Bernie (2011).
11 Became 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.
12 Became 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.
13 Became 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.
14 Is 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.
16 His 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.
17 In 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.
18 His 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.
20 Good friends with singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson.
21 Traveled to France to support his good buddy, Lance Armstrong, during the 2009 Tour De France. [July 2009]
22 Has 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.
23 Attended Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with his girlfriend, Camilla Alves (now Camila Alves). [February 2008]
24 His favorite actor is Paul Newman.
25 In 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.
26 He chews tobacco.
27 Had a dog named "Mrs. Hud", named in appreciation of the movie Hud (1963), which starred his favorite actor, Paul Newman.
28 Has 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.
29 Is a huge fan of Willie Nelson.
30 He 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".
31 His childhood hero was Evel Knievel, and he has said that he would like to star in a movie based on Knievel's life.
32 He 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.
33 Afraid of revolving doors.
34 In 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.
35 He has traveled around Mali in western Africa.
36 He 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.
37 Named one of People magazine's "Hottest Bachelors" in 2006.
38 Good friends with Lance Armstrong and Jake Gyllenhaal.
39 Has worked with such well-known directors as Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Linklater and Jonathan Mostow.
40 Announced 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).
41 Has three bedrooms in his house and sleeps in all of them in turn.
42 He is well known as someone who almost never wears deodorant or cologne.
43 His brother, Michael McConaughey, aka Rooster McConaughey, had a son and named him Miller Lyte McConaughey.
44 His life motto is "Just keep living".
45 Was considered for a role in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).
46 Turned down a role in The Jackal (1997).
47 Chosen by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive in 2005.
48 Despite being a native Texan, he is a huge fan of the Washington Redskins NFL team.
49 His 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.
50 During 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.
51 He traveled around the United States for a month in his personal Airsteam trailer promoting his movie Sahara (2005).
52 Served as the Grand Marshall for the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida. [February 2005]
53 Was accompanied by Penélope Cruz to the Grammy Awards in 2005. The couple met on the set of Sahara (2005).
54 McConaughey was on the sidelines with the Texas Longhorns football team during the 2006 Rose Bowl, when the Longhorns beat the USC Trojans 41-38.
55 Is 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).
56 His first professional acting job was in a beer commercial.
57 His father, James Donald McConaughey, died of a heart attack in August 1992. He once played football for the Green Bay Packers.
58 He owns a 1,600-acre ranch in west Texas, which he purchased for $500,000.
59 Member of Delta Tau Delta, international college fraternity.
60 Voted "Most Handsome" in his senior year of high school.
61 Travelled around Peru after filming A Time to Kill (1996).
62 Was for some time strongly considered to play Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997), until Leonardo DiCaprio decided to accept the role.
63 Police 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.
64 Arrested in Austin, Texas for "resisting transportation" after first being under suspicion for marijuana possession. [October 1999]
65 Attended and graduated from Longview High School in Longview, Texas in 1988.
66 Attended the University of Texas at Austin, College of Communication, where he majored in film, receiving his Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television-Film (1993).
67 He 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.
68 His 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.
6 I 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.
19 Who 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?
20 It'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.
23 I'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.
24 I 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.
25 To 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.
26 I 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.
31 Traveling 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
1 His catchphrase "Alright, alright, alright!"
2 Habitually taking off his shirt
3 Heavy Texas drawl
4 Curly light brown hair and soft blue eyes

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