Matthew McConaughey has reflected on his tumultuous Hollywood career, including his now-infamous brush with the law in 1999.
The actor, 50, who has reinvented himself in recent years by refusing rom-com roles in favour of more dramatic work, has published a candid memoir about his life, including being arrested by a police while naked in 1999.
Discussing his biography with The Times Magazine, Matthew explained that despite a tumultuous life he’s ‘more reliable that anyone in his family,’ having grown up with mum Kay and father Jim, who divorced twice and married three times.
Candid: Matthew McConaughey has reflected on his tumultuous Hollywood career, including his now-infamous brush with the law in 1999, after publishing his new memoir
In the interview, Matthew detailed his parents’ fiery marriage, including the moment his mother threatened her husband with a knife after making a flippant remark about his weight.
Only four years old at the time, he explained that this sort of behaviour was commonplace between his parents, and it wasn’t something he was typically shielded from.
He explained: ‘I mean, I had no context, maybe because I was four. My brother, Rooster, who’s older, he’d probably be like, ”Oh s**t, yeah. Seen that kind of stuff go down a lot.”
Changing it up: The actor, who has reinvented himself in recent years by refusing rom-com roles in favour of more dramatic work, has published a candid memoir about his life
Matthew also insisted that despite a few violent moments he grew up in a predominantly loving household, saying it ‘was part of the beauty of our family.’
Asked whether he’s a reliable narrator for his family in his memoir Greenlights, he added: ‘I’m much more reliable than anyone else in my family!’
For many years following his screen debut in 1993, Matthew was branded the ‘new Paul Newman’, but thanks to a slew of rom-com roles – and his brush with the law – he became better known for his shirtless persona.
Supportive: Matthew told the Times Magazine that despite a tumultuous life he’s ‘more reliable that anyone in his family’ (pictured with his mum Kay and wife Camila Alves in 2014)
But Matthew explained that several years ago he ordered his agent to turn down anymore roles of that nature, and it did lead to fears his career would be over as the roles dried up.
He said: ‘I didn’t know how long it was going to go on. And it went on a pretty damn good amount of time. Long enough to become a new good idea.
‘Eventually, people started wondering, ”Where is Shirtless-on-the-Beach?” Until two years later when these roles started to come in and then I just attacked them.’
Turbulent: After making his screen debut in 1993, Matthew’s career was on the rise until he was arrested naked by police after they stormed his home at 2am
Matthew’s acclaimed performance in Dallas Buyers Club led to his Oscar win in 2014, and he has continued to appear in dramatic roles including True Detective and Interstellar.
During lockdown Matthew has become a viral sensation thanks to his PSA persona Bobby Bandito, a cowboy bounty hunter teaching Americans how to make a masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He’s currently quarantining at home in Austin, Texas, with wife Camila and their three children, alongside his mum Kay, now 88.
Transformed: During lockdown Matthew has become a viral sensation thanks to his PSA persona Bobby Bandito, teaching Americans how to make masks during the COVID-19 crisis