Matthew McConaughey

The star of Dallas Buyers Club and Mud, who is featured in W’s 2014 Best Performances portfolio, opens up to W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg in his latest Screen Test.

Released on 1/7/2014

Credits

Starring: Matthew McConaughey and Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

00:04
I was looking to be scared a little bit.
00:05
I was looking to, to not be, not read something and go,
00:10
I know what I can do with this
00:11
and I feel like I can do it next week.
00:13
All of a sudden it was like a, you know,
00:15
the target drew the arrow in a weird way.
00:18
I started getting calls from William Friedkin and
00:21
for Killer Joe, Steven Soderbergh for Magic Mike
00:24
and they came, they came to me
00:26
and I didn't know what quite to do with them.
00:30
In hindsight I can look back and go,
00:31
they were people who make up their own rules.
00:34
They did not abide by anyone else's rules,
00:38
government, family, and then nothing.
00:40
And if they were bad they had the reasons.
00:42
Steven in the first conversation said,
00:44
look Dallas doesn't, he doesn't strip
00:46
in the original script we have right now,
00:49
beep, beep, beep,
00:52
but I'd be great if he did.
00:54
Very very quickly I was like I gotta find my song
00:56
and I gotta find my beat.
00:58
I was jogging through New Orleans thinking,
00:59
what's my song?
01:00
And then I saw Channing dance and I was like,
01:04
well I'm not doing hip hop.
01:06
I know that.
01:07
(laughs)
01:08
Because that's an immediate red ribbon second place.
01:12
Been looking for the right kind of milieu
01:14
for days and weeks and so
01:17
Kiss' song came on and I was like,
01:21
that's it.
01:22
He's old school.
01:23
He's lecherous.
01:24
He's a panther.
01:26
He's, naughty's not the word.
01:27
He's just flat dirtier than the rest of them.
01:30
I get on the phone with the costume designer
01:32
and we're like, okay at the gym
01:35
teaching the guys, teaching the new guy
01:39
and they were like, Rydale.
01:41
I'm like no no no no no no no no no no no no
01:43
man this is about.
01:45
This is about the anatomy.
01:47
This is not about wearing baggy stuff.
01:49
Yay we're like tighty tight tight skin tight
01:52
to show the body's form.
01:53
Came up with the idea of the, the yellow halter top,
01:55
I was like absolutely.
01:56
And he was like, do you think about the cap with the flame?
01:59
And I was like, absolutely.
02:01
And then like shoes, and I was like Baryshnikov.
02:05
Baryshnikov.
02:06
This guy, it's ballet slippers.
02:07
That wardrobe is about Baryshnikov and.
02:10
what's his name?
02:11
The exerciser?
02:12
Richard Simmons.
02:13
Those are my inspirations.
02:14
In a basic concert that's the story.
02:17
Guy with seven the great education,
02:19
wild ass cowboy kind of drifting around on life
02:21
getting away with what he can,
02:22
gets HIV, becomes an expert on this disease.
02:25
I knew people that, that had HIV
02:27
and I did see friends alienate him,
02:30
which is a really sad thing in this story
02:31
and you see Ron get completely isolated.
02:34
He becomes an outcast.
02:36
It was very important for me to say,
02:39
let him remain the bastard, the son of a bitch,
02:42
the asshole, the rough around the edges guy,
02:44
and the humanity is going to come out of that.
02:47
Let him remain the business man
02:48
who wants to be a gangster, get the gold
02:51
and drive the Cadillac.
02:53
The crusader will come out of that.
02:55
At the beginning, you know before my,
02:57
think my body got the, that got the message
02:58
that it was going south in pounds wise,
03:02
sleep was tough and then after about a week
03:04
it planed out and I must say I slept wonderfully.
03:08
And I needed three hours less sleep at night oddly.
03:10
I gave myself four months to lose it.
03:14
So I got to the weight that I needed
03:16
and then I pumped up the meals just enough to maintain.
03:18
So I had it sort of down to a science.
03:20
People call say this was kind of sick.
03:22
At the last three months, that's two months,
03:25
I started cooking for the family every night.
03:27
I'm already a decent chef, I was a great chef.
03:31
My taste buds had gotten so particular and so sensitive
03:34
that I was cooking and I enjoyed
03:37
making a three hour
03:40
session of the preparation of the food
03:43
and all I could do was do that.
03:45
But I would serve it and I loved getting
03:47
seeing them get the pleasure.