But Mc Conaughey seems almost entirely lacking the usual career anxiety, and accompanying skills of realpolitik, that propel such careers. Does the fact that my body is considered good and we’re gonna have me up there in a shirtless scene help it along? A lot of the work in those things is to stay buoyant. Mc Conaughey is his own creature, attuned to his own personal wavelength – sunny but soulful, laidback but busy, busy, busy – somewhere between a film star, a Beat poet and a beach bum. Every night, they would have dinner together and tell stories. His parents were married, divorced, remarried, divorced and married again, without any of the children finding out about it until their father died of a heart attack in 1992; they were told their mother was ‘on vacation’. Brrrr.’ It reminds me of the streak of misplaced gallantry to Mud, the title character in Jeff Nichols’s 2012 film, which Nichols wrote specifically with Mc Conaughey in mind: a sun-kissed drifter on the bayou whose stories are never an inch from bullshit, and whose love for his long-lost honey (Reese Witherspoon) turns out to be his downfall. ‘Hey, we’re going to Brazil for 11 days to see Camila’s family – guess what, let’s make a rule: everyone can only take a carry-on backpack. Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.
To hear him say it, he has simply been following the sun – going where it’s warm. Sure.” 'I didn’t ever go, “No, no, no.” I was like, “Yeah! Arrested in 1999, when police knocked on his door to find him playing bongo drums naked, a bong on the table, he spent the night in jail but ended up leading his cellmates in a singalong and later had T-shirts printed that read what part of naked bongo playing don’t you understand? Was Big Jim trying to protect his kids from the truth? They communicated and loved like this, man’ – he drives a fist into his palm – ‘it was hardcore. In his own romantic life, Mc Conaughey has taken some time to settle, dating a string of fellow stars – Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and Penélope Cruz – before falling for Camila Alves, a Brazilian model whom he met in an LA bar in 2006. As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.
You’re like wet shit,” as Ali Farka Touré would say. I asked him once, why don’t you play in the US and Europe more? Neither me nor my scent would stick with me,” he told me. Both me and my scent stick with me.” Evidently I’ve got some wet shit going on.’ The physicality of this image is entirely fitting.
He adds that, on set, Mc Conaughey’s insistence on silence while he got into character could be ‘hard to deal with. Mc Conaughey remained the prime orchestrator; revising the script, suggesting new scenes, giving notes to Vallée in the editing room. To see Matthew talk, to see him act, it’s movement.
And speaking of beautiful couples, there is no doubt that we can expect a stunning turnout on the carpet from his wife, Camila Alves.