When Matthew McConaughey won his first Oscar a few weeks ago, I was really happy for him. It’s weird how we (the little people) come to form a bond with a celebrity. I always thought McConaughey was a talented actor who just happened to have landed crappy roles. I’m glad that he has grown as an actor. Here’s a good article about him on The New Yorker.
“Though “A Time to Kill” made him a movie star, the younger McConaughey was really at his best in his first film, “Dazed and Confused,” from 1993. Languid, with a mop of blond hair and a slippery mustache, wearing tight salmon-colored pants and a white T-shirt with one sleeve rolled up to hold a pack of cigarettes, he was twenty-three and just getting started. His character, Wooderson, sleazy mustache and all, is a distillation of the raw material that is now being put to use. Some actors overcome their first roles, others never live up to them again. McConaughey seems to have fused with his: Wooderson was stuck in viscid, small-town adolescence, lascivious and joyful and going nowhere in a hurry, the Peter Pan of the prairie who was also a wise man. Whereas Ben Affleck (another actor who has managed to claw his way back from years stuck in the ether), as the other older hanger-on in the film, the raging meathead O’Bannion, channelled violence and vitriol into his lost youth, McConaughey exuded a calm acceptance of his slow pace and of the sense that everything was and would always be all right. He gives a group of angst-ridden teens some sage advice at the film’s end, staring down the length of a football field: ‘The older you get, the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’, man, L-I-V-I-N.’”
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