Matthew McConaughey has revealed he has previously turned down a $ 14.5million (£ 10.9million) offer to ‘intentionally’ switch from romantic comedies to drama.
During Thursday’s edition of the first-ever Loose Men, the actor, 51, said his mother Kay, 88, and brothers Rooster, 66, and Pat, 58, were left bemused by his decision, the screen star admitting, “They always ask me if I’m mentally vegetated!”
The thespian reflected on the difficulty in advancing his career due to his qualification as a sex symbol and took a stand by refusing to accept these roles for almost two years.
Bold move: Matthew McConaughey revealed he had previously turned down an offer of $ 14.5million (£ 10.9million) to ‘intentionally’ switch from romantic comedies to drama
The Fool’s Gold star recalled his acting journey via a live link with hosts Marvin Humes, Iain Stirling, Roman Kemp and Ronan Keating: “I actually turned down an offer of $ 14.5 million.
‘My mom and brother, to this day, are like,’ What was your problem? Are you mentally vegetated? “” I understand, I understand… but it paid off, you know.
Switching from films like The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past to hard-hitting films like Dallas Buyers Club and Mud, Matthew said, “Yes, that was intentional.
“I had control of the Dallas Buyers Club script, but no one wanted to do a period AIDS drama with McConaughey in the lead.
‘It paid off’: On Thursday’s Loose Men, the actor, 51, reflected on being portrayed as a sex symbol (pictured with Kate Hudson in How To Lose A Guy in 2003)
“My family asked me if I had mental vegetation! The thespian said his mother Kay, 88, and brothers Rooster (pictured in 2011), 66, and Pat, 58, were left baffled by his decision.
‘It was intentional’: The Fool’s Gold star recalled his acting journey via a live link with hosts Marvin Humes, Iain Stirling, Roman Kemp and Ronan Keating
“So I was doing rom-coms at the time, they were doing fine, they were paying me well, I liked doing them, but they were doing so well that all the dramas I wanted to do weren’t offered to me. “
Striving for a career change, the media personality shared, “Because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, which was dramas, I stopped doing romantic comedies. I took almost two years off.
“I didn’t work because I was only offered romantic comedies and I decided not to do them. For two full years I was back home here in Texas wondering if I was ever going to work in Hollywood again.
‘I took two years off’: Matthew referred to the transition from films such as The Wedding Planner to hard-hitting films like Dallas Buyers Club (pictured with Jennifer Garner in 2013)
“I thought I would find another job and do something else. Two years went by and all of a sudden, having gone, not being in romantic comedies, I became a new good idea in Hollywood to go do the dramas I wanted to do and one of them being the Dallas Buyers Club.
Elsewhere in the interview, the producer, who recently published his autobiography Greenlights, explained how far he would go to engage in work, including gaining and losing weight.
The Dazed & Confused star said, “It’s not like I’m a different person at home. It’s like my wife said, she goes, she still sleeps with her man or her husband every night but it’s a different part of her husband.
“I’m coming home, I don’t act like this character. I just see the world through this character. If I do Kenny Wells in Gold, the Beach Bum, I’m Captain Fun in the House.
“I just see the world through this character”: Elsewhere in the interview, the producer explained how far he would go to engage in a job
“Kids think I’m the best dad in the world because I’m ‘YES’ to pizza, to milkshakes for breakfast, wake up as late as you want. I’m going to do something like Dallas Buyers or True Detective, I’m still fun but I’m a little bit more acerbic, a little more clinical on things.
“My wife is trying to give me a glass of wine and say, ‘Would you please have a glass of wine, take the edges off a bit?’
The hunk, who shares Liva, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, seven, with model Camila Alves, 38, also spoke about mental health to mark International Men’s Day.
Author Matthew added: “Overall, speaking of International Men’s Day and Mental Health, the best tool I’ve had is knowing when to take some time for the ‘me’. Move away, take some solitude.
Whether it is an hour a day for exercise, whether it is meditation, whether it is a prayer in church on Sunday, whether it is to pack a backpack and go in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language and they don’t know your name, if it goes to a monastery.
“Just a little quiet moment when we’re stuck with ourselves, even though we might not like the business at the time, is really precious time.
Family life: The hunk shares with Liva, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, seven, with model Camila Alves, 38 (pictured in 2018)