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