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Matthew McConaughey Credits Critics With Helping His Career

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire May 8, 2013 at 6:37PM

Reading negative reviews of his work helped the actor figure out what roles to take.
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"Mud"
"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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