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Matthew McConaughey Credits Critics With Helping His Career

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by Matt Singer
May 8, 2013 6:37 PM
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"Mud"
We already heard today what Alec Baldwin thinks of his critics. On the other side of the spectrum is Matthew McConaughey who, in a new interview with the Associated Press, gives some credit for his recently revitalized career to movie reviewers and their negative comments about some of his less interesting work.

Speaking with Alicia Rancilio of the AP, McConaughey described a "really interesting kind of experiment" he performed a few years ago:

"'My assistants gathered every negative review I've ever had and it was a good, thick pile. I sat down and said, 'We're gonna read every one of these.' There was some really good constructive criticism. I'm like, 'That's what I would've said about that performance. You're right...' What's nice is when you read a review and... it's almost exactly what I wrote down before I ever did the picture of what I was tryin', who I thought the guy was. So I go, 'Ah, it translated.' The word was never spoken but they got that out of the performance."

Obviously 99% of the credit goes to McConaughey for having the guts to take some lower paying, higher risk, higher reward type jobs -- "Bernie," "Killer Joe," "The Paperboy," and "Magic Mike" all in less than two years -- and for having the talent to pull them off. But, hey, if critics and their constructive comments helped account for 1% of getting him off the path of "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and on the path to "Mud," that's not to shabby at all.

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  • KOF | May 9, 2013 3:24 AMReply

    Bravo to him. The subtext here is that he decided to tell his agents/managers go lock themselves in a toilet stall. Yeah, he read "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days" "Failure To Launch" "Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past" "Sahara" and so on and ran into CAA screaming "I gotta play these characters!" Nope, it was the other way around.
    It's refreshing to see what he's capable of. And now we, as moviegoers, get some darn good movies to watch because his decision to do them added the leverage to get them financed.

  • Ed Regular | May 8, 2013 8:14 PMReply

    So Matt basically said, with tongue pressed firmly in cheek, "Critics are smart, they're good enough, and doggonnit, people like them", and you idiots believed him.

    Critics = need to be liked. I'll just be screenshotting this page for posterity-- ...there you go. Aaaand scene.

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