McConaughey Bringing Back A Time To Kill Character For HBO

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90s kids will remember when Matthew McConaughey wasn’t a star. These days that seems impossible, especially when you throw on Dazed and Confused and he pops off the screen, but even after that movie, he wasn’t immediately an A-lister. It took a little while, no matter how hard Hollywood tried to make it happen. And when he landed his first big starring role, they really, really tried.

A Time To Kill hit theaters right in the middle of the John Grisham adaptation boom. There had been The Firm with Tom Cruise and The Client with Susan Sarandon and now there was A Time to Kill with… Woody Wooderson? McConaughey starred as Jake Brigance, a young defense attorney trying to save his client from racism, and also the electric chair after he got revenge against the men who raped his daughter.

In the months leading up to the release, McConaughey was hyped as Hollywood’s next big thing.

The movie definitely upped McConaughey’s profile but he didn’t quite become who he became for a bit longer. Now, 25 years, an Oscar, and a potential gubernatorial run later, everyone’s favorite Texan may be reprising his first starring role. Grisham wrote a sequel, called A Time for Mercy, in a series for HBO.

According to Variety, the series focuses on Brigance’s latest case, when a young man kills his mother’s boyfriend, a deputy sheriff, but claims it was because the cop was abusive to his mom and little sister. It sounds like this time Brigance will be fighting the powers that be, in the form of a bad cop, because 2021.

Gonna be a while before this thing starts moving, and there is no word yet on whether McC’s Time to Kill costars Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, or Samuel L. “Yes they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in hell!” Jackson will be appearing.

Matthew McConaughey Is Now a YouTuber

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Matthew McConaughey has a lot of advice, which he’s earned the right way through living an interesting life. In fact, he wouldn’t even call it advice, but the guy’s got some good insights into life and how to approach it, from being a dad to being an everyday person. He put a lot of it in his bestselling memoir Greenlights, and now he’s launching his own YouTube channel to deliver even more.

He released the news on his social media channels and explained his thought process. He said his new channel is going to be a destination where “I’m going to share who I am, who I’m not, what I believe in, what I don’t, what I’m doing, what I’m not doing, along with some approaches to life that I’ve found useful and constructive along the way.”

Is this the move for him to create a platform for a possible governor’s run? Or build up an appetite for an upcoming stand-up comedy tour? Or just connect better with his growing audience? It literally could be any and all of those things.

McConaughey said he will share “prescriptions in the art of living that have helped me navigate this rodeo we all live in and even a bunch of bumper stickers I have seen, heard, gathered, and stolen along the way over my last 51 years here.” Bumper stickers seem right up his (and most dads) alley. A simple, usually funny, way to think about something or someone, or a new spin on an old topic.

He finished his intro video with another series of promises that contain literally no substance but still sound optimistic and kinda fun.

“Hopefully, it’s gonna be all killer, no filler. With some raps and rhymes that can help you get back on time, put a little reason to your rhyme. Some food for thought, with a sip of wine.”

I don’t know what this is going to be, and it seems like McConaughey doesn’t totally know either, and that’s OK. We can all find out together, from a celebrity who somehow pulls off seeming more grounded than most and also more unorthodox.

But he knows who he is, and that’s rare for celebrities, as they’re usually trying to sell you a version of themselves they wish they were. McConaughey is authentic, and his YouTube channel will be pure MM, not some over-glossed publicist’s version of him, that much is for sure. Matthew McConaughey is a lot of things, and now he can add YouTuber to that list.

Matthew and Camila McConaughey Are Throwing a Virtual Benefit Concert for Texas

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Matthew McConaughey loves his home state of Texas – so much so, that he’s even considering running for governor. After the state was devastated by winter storms, McConaughey refused to sit idly by. In the immediate aftermath of Winter Storm Uri, McConaughey and his wife Camila hit the ground running. Working with organizations around Texas, they helped provide support to the community. But Matthew and Camila vowed to do more, and in record time, they’re seeing their vision through.

On March 21, Matthew and Camila are throwing a virtual benefit concert to help rebuild Texas. “Announcing ‘We’re Texas’, a virtual revival where we can all come together to help Texas recover from the winter storm,” McConaughey said on Instagram.

Over the past week, a slew of artists have been added to the list of “We’re Texas” performers. Maybe it’s because we’ve gone a year without concerts, but this lineup looks truly incredible. Willie Nelson, George Strait, Kelly Clarkson, Kirk Franklin, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Khalid, and Post Malone are just some of the musicians donating their time and talent to the cause.

McConaughey even started his own YouTube channel through which he’ll be streaming the benefit concert, and honestly, his intro video is perhaps the most Matthew McConaughey thing we’ve ever seen.

To virtually attend the “We’re Texas” concert, head over to McConaughey’s YouTube channel on March 21 at 7 pm CST. The money raised by the benefit concert will go to organizations such as the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Salvation Army of Texas, Save the Children, and more.

“100% of all the donations will benefit so many organizations on the ground now and in the months to come,” McConaughey explains. For more information or to make a donation, visit Matthew and Camila’s just keep livin Foundation website.

Will McConaughey’s Next Role Be Governor of Texas? “It’s a True Consideration”

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Matthew McConaughey, best known as a Dad favorite and maybe as an actor (?), is making news again as he discusses entering a new realm; politics. McConaughey did broach the subject of possibly running for governor of his beloved Texas last fall during a press tour for his new book, Greenlights (which is good!).

However, at the time, his stance seemed partly driven by a repudiation of how divisive politics has become, and his goal would be to rise above that in an effort to help people and bring them together. So what changed, why does he start to sound a little more serious about a run for governor?

After Texas had its terrible snowstorm, people were left without power or water for DAYS, and with the power grid just a complete and total failure (both in operation and the ridiculous fees they charged), the citizens of Texas aren’t feeling too keenly about their leadership right now.

And real Texans, like McConaughey, leaped into action. And with there possibly being a bigger opening, McConaughey was on The Balanced Voice podcast when he said he was exploring where he could be most effective.

“I’m looking into now, ‘What is my leadership role?’ Because I do think I have some things to teach and share,” he said. The host followed up and asked if that could include running for governor. He answered quickly:

“It’s a true consideration.”

McConaughey is currently most focused on raising money for Texans affected by the storm and doing what he can to help his state with disaster relief.

Which, if you’re looking for something in a politician, is the type of approach you’d want to see. And it’s not hard to see he’s more than just a Hollywood star who’s bored.

“I’m Texas from the beginning,” he told the podcast. His actions have backed that up, and the talk keeps heating up that someday he could be alright, alright, alright in office.

Texas Native Matthew McConaughey Helps Home State After Winter Storm

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The past several weeks have been challenging ones for Texas, with snowstorms and unusually-cold weather shocking residents of the Lone Star State. Local heroes have been stepping up left and right, helping neighbors and strangers make it safely through the treacherous weeks. Actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one such hero, but fortunately, he has the resources to help more than your average Texan. McConaughey loves his state, so much so that he’s even considering a future as a Texas governor. After seeing the devastation following recent storms, the actor and author stepped up to help.

“As most of you know, my home state of Texas was just hit with the worst winter storm it’s had in the last 70 years. It left a whole lot of people without power, water, and a whole lot of basic necessities,” McConaughey said on Instagram.

With power finally restored for most Texans, McConaughey points out that frozen pipes and busted water lines have left Texans in a state of crisis. From individuals to hospitals providing life-saving care, everyone relies on water – but right now, much of Texas is forced to go without.

“Camila and I are presently working with some wonderful organizations on the ground in Texas, but we know help is going to be needed for a while. That’s why Camila, the Just Keep Livin Foundation, and I are putting together a virtual benefit to directly help the necessary long-term effort to rebuild Texas and take care of those in need.”

The Just Keep Livin Foundation was founded by Matthew and his wife Camila, and its main goal is to empower students to live healthier, more active lives. The organization also instills a sense of responsibility to kids in its programs, reminding them how important it is to give back to their communities.

McConaughey states that the virtual benefit will happen in the next two weeks, but in the meantime, he plans to share information about resources and ways to volunteer for those who are able.

The actor’s empowering video ends with a call to action and reminds us that it doesn’t take much to help. This quote perfectly sums it up, “Right now is the best time to safely check on your neighbor. Go knock on a door, go volunteer, and if you’re a ‘have’ please help out a ‘have-not’, there’s a bunch of them.”

The Dad Staff is donating to a collection of food and warming centers throughout Texas to help families in need. Impact Your World allows us to contribute to 14 organizations, including The Red Cross, Mercy Chefs, Austin Pets Alive, as well as local food banks in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you are able, please consider donating any amount here.

20+ Matthew McConaughey Quotes That Aren’t Just ‘Alright, Alright, Alright’

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What do you know about Matthew McConaughey? We all know the Dazed and Confused line “Alright, alright, alright” by now. You’re probably familiar with his weirdly serene Lincoln commercial. You might have a partner who waxes poetic about his abs. If you have a particularly great memory, you might recall the infamous “naked bongo drum” incident. But… do you really know McConaughey? Do you know what he believes in and what he stands for? He obviously has a “cool” vibe — and reading through some of the best Matthew McConaughey quotes, it seems clear this proud Texan is genuinely chill.

Bottom line? He’s more than just the caricature of a laid-back guy he’s been sketched out to be. He’s an impressively hard worker and notoriously thoughtful about the roles he takes. McConaughey isn’t his left-behind stoner character, Dazed’s Wooderson, or the guy who hooked up with J.Lo in The Wedding Planner. These quotes are, quite honestly, a wild and inspiring ride that offers more than just proof of who McConaughey is — they also offer some great advice for living your best life (as cliche as that may sound).

1 “I don’t want to just revolve. I want to evolve. As a man, as a human, as a father, as a lover.”

2. “If I’m doing something, I do like to take it to the limit. I’ve got a high ceiling. A wide threshold for seeing what those boundaries are for myself. I’m very resilient inside. I find things that I like and do, and boy, I do like to stick to them.”

3. “The good part about jealousy is that it comes from passion. It’s also the dangerous part, and it’s an ugly emotion that hurts.”

4. “Life is not fair. It never was, and it isn’t now, and it won’t ever be. Do not fall into the trap — the entitlement trap of feeling like you’re a victim. You are not.”

5. “Every hero doesn’t do this great big hero thing. They do the simple thing over and over… and they stick to it.”

6. “My life is a road, man. I need to keep moving.”

7. “Now, you lose something in your life. And there’s gonna come a time that you’re gonna know: There was a reason for that. And at the end of your life, all the things you thought were periods, they turn out to be commas. There was never a full stop to any of it.”

8. “I believe in living in the present and making each day count. I don’t pay much attention to the past or the future.”

9. “I’m a fan of the word selfish. Self. Ish. When I say I have gotten a lot more self-ish, I mean I am less concerned with what people think of me. I’m not worried about how I’m perceived. Selfish has always gotten a bad rap. You should do for you.”

10. “Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.”

11. “The first step that leads to our identity in life is usually not ‘I know who I am,’ but rather, ‘I know who I am not’ process of elimination.”

12. “The best advice comes from people who don’t give advice.”

13. “The best education I’ve had in my life is to travel.”

14. “I’ve never been a jealous person, and I’ve never felt built up by someone else’s failure — that’s a cheap thrill.”

15. “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”

16. “There’s two sorts of fear: One you embrace and one you should listen to and turn the other way.”

17. “We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success.”

18. “Instead of denying these fears, declare them. Say them out loud, admit them, give them the credit they deserve. Find the courage to overcome them.”

19. “My rule is to break one sweat a day.”

20. “Just because you can? Nah, it’s not a good enough reason to do something. Even when it means having more, be discerning. Choose it, because you want it; do it because you want to.”

21. “We have a big appetite for putting people down, but at the heart of everyone, there’s enough room for all of us to succeed.”

22. “One day, I said, ‘Mom, no one forgives themselves quicker than you. Do you ever have any regret, or do you ever at the end of the day say, ‘I could work on that?’ She goes, ‘Honey, every single night when I go to bed, I have a long list of those things. But the thing is, when I wake up in the morning, I’ve forgot them all.’”

23. “Steinbeck says it’s a state of mind. In Texas, there is a certain honor of being a Texan that is a measure of doing something the best that you can.”

Matthew McConaughey Crashed a Texas Teachers’ Virtual Meeting

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Usually, when teachers are holding a discussion via Zoom, they pray that there are no surprise guest stars. I know I do my best not to accidentally video bomb my kids’ classes when they’ve got the computer open in the kitchen! But not all surprise guests are created equal.

A group of 900 teachers in Texas found this out first-hand when they were holding a staff meeting and Oscar-winning actor and everybody’s favorite professor and bingo caller, Matthew McConnaughey, suddenly showed up to express his gratitude for what they do, and what they’ve been doing during the pandemic.

The meeting was being held by the Independent School District in La Porte, Texas, on Thursday morning.

“That was amazing. It made my day and put a smile on my face,” said Misti Prock, College Park Elementary School nurse. “What a kind man to give his time to talk to us.”

McConnaughey explained that his mother was a public school teacher, so he has a lot of respect for what they do.

“I’m a public school son. My mom taught in public schools for thirty-something years,” McConaughey, 50, told the group. “What a valuable occupation y’all have. What you do as an educator, that’s never going to go out of style.”

Nowadays the actor is a bit of a teacher himself, at the University of Texas, and he understands and appreciates the staff’s concern about the pandemic.

“Let’s all remember that we are going to get out of this. It’s going to pass, and we’ll be looking at this situation of our lives in the rear view mirror, and our students will as well,” he said. “Keep your head up. We’ll get out of this on the other side because that’s just what we’re gonna do.”

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Matthew McConaughey Considering Future Career As Texas Governor

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Matthew McConaughey is a talented guy. The famed movie star now turned author, has proved it time and time again. He even had a stand-up tour planned pre-COVID. But now he’s toying with even more future career paths, including one taken by another movie star (albeit more than a decade ago). In recent days, McConaughey has talked again about possibly running for governor of Texas.

It was in an interview earlier this week to promote his new memoir that McConaughey revived talk about a possible political run in his future. When asked if he would be interested in running for the governor of Texas, he certainly didn’t say no.

“That wouldn’t be up to me, it would be up to the people more than me,” he said. Then he proceeded to make some very good Matthew McConaughey-ish points.

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” he said. “When politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.” He then talked about the importance of personal values and rebinding social contracts between Americans. He later said in a separate interview that whatever leadership role he can be most useful in, he’ll ‘drink to that.’

That is what you want out of a leader. Someone who genuinely cares about people, and responds to a call to action with courage and a drink.

COVID Stopped Matthew McConaughey’s Planned Stand-up Comedy Tour

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COVID has taken a lot from us in 2020, and now we learned there’s one more thing to add to the list; Matthew McConaughey’s stand-up comedy debut. That’s right, the gifted actor, now memoirist, was going to try his hand at yet another artistic endeavor and tell jokes in front of a brick wall. He had planned to do a comedy tour this year, but those plans were scrapped by the pandemic

It’s important to note we do respect, enjoy, and admire McConaughey. He’s a good actor and, by all accounts, seems like a good person. Plus, he loves being a dad, so yeah he’s good in our book. And can he tell a compelling story? No doubt. But stand-up comedy? If any celeb could pull it off, he’d be right up there.

I say this as someone who has performed stand-up comedy professionally for more than a decade; stand-up comedy is not easy. When done right, sure, it looks easy, but that’s why so many celebrities try to do it and then often bomb horrifically. But Matthew McConaughey is a lot more willing to make himself the butt of a joke compared to most celebrities and his self-awareness, combined with his openness and a lifetime of great stories, couldn’t help but make him compelling on the stage.

It was in an interview earlier this week, he said he was interested in doing stand-up comedy.

“I haven’t shared this with many people, but stand up is a no-filter communication,” he said. “What I do as an actor is my raw expression through four filters before it gets to the screen. I’m doing someone else’s script, being directed by someone else, I’m being filmed by someone else and edited by someone else before it’s put in a capsule and put in front of you on screen.

That’s four filters from my original expression. Where do you go where there is no filter? That’s stand-up. That was the plan before COVID, going on the road and telling stories in an hour of stand-up.”

His reasons for wanting to do it make sense, and he goes on to say it would be a great thing to get addicted to (spoiler: it very much is).

“It sounds like a great thing to be addicted to, the ultimate buzz. You look at stand-up comic, they are the best truth teller we have. If I  can get away with this, then I’d love to.”

So who knows, we may get a whole new version of Matthew McConaughey, coming to a Funny Bone near you in 2021.

“Being a Dad Was My Only Dream,” Says Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey is living the dream. Not “the dream” you assumed when you read that, like being a Hollywood star and living in luxury while making millions of dollars. Nope, he is living the same dream many of us are: as a dad. In a new interview with People Magazine, McConaughey said “being a dad was always my only dream…I can’t think of anything being more important.”

Amen to that. We were already big Matthew McConaughey fans here (I mean, who isn’t?), especially after he started heading down that Bill Murray path of becoming famous for basically being himself. He became a college professor, toyed with running for governor, and has done a lot of charity work, especially lately in regards to Covid and the wildfires. So we respect him even more for being such a Dad-vocate.

He spends much of the interview talking about something every parent is dealing with these days; what it’s like raising your kids in a quarantined world. He said his three kids, aged 8-12, have “doubled down” on their hobbies and creative side, including getting into photography. They even took the cover photo for the People story.

The interview, which he did to plug his new memoir, Greenlights, also covered how he saw fatherhood as a privilege and a responsibility. Which, if you see it as anything but, you may be missing part of it. It’s the greatest thing in the world, but it will push you in new and difficult ways on a regular basis.

He said being a dad is still the pinnacle for him, and the goals for his kids are the same any of us have, that they ‘are conscientious, confident and autonomous.’

“I can tell you this: I’m happy and confident to say our kids do not question the love we have in our family,” he said.