May 5, 2013

McConaughey gets down and dirty in 'Mud'

By STEVEN REA/McClatchy Newspapers

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Matthew McConaughey plays a fugitive named Mud in the movie of the same name.


McConaughey's Mud is grown up, of course, but his views about love -- and about the woman played by Witherspoon -- aren't exactly rooted in the real world, either.

"However old Mud is," the actor says, "he has never come out of the clouds, never come back to reality, and won't let the world teach him better or teach him worse -- however you want to look at it."

Things have been going nonstop for McConaughey. He shot "The Dallas Buyer's Club," losing more than 35 pounds to play a man with HIV. He's in New Orleans shooting "True Detective," a limited-run TV series with Woody Harrelson. McConaughey worked with Martin Scorsese on "The Wolf of Wall Street" (yes, Leonardo DiCaprio has the lead), and has signed up for a time-travel film, "Interstellar," with Christopher Nolan ("Inception") at the controls.

"I've never had any complacency," the actor says. "In choosing these roles, I didn't have one day of feeling like, 'Oh, I know what this is about, I know who this guy is.'

"Every day I was thinking, 'OK, how do we make this really true today? Not better, not more funny, not more dramatic -- just how do we make it more true?' And that's a great question to ask, as an actor.

"And it's a good way to sum up the roles I've been choosing. ... I've been asking that question all the time: What's the truth of this character?"


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