Pursuitist highlight on our unique interview with Matthew McConaughey. A glance again on the Pursuitist interview with the Academy award-winning actor on the launch of the Lincoln MKC.
Matthew McConaughey is a kind of uncommon Hollywood luminaries who doesn’t search the highlight, however it all the time appears to be on him anyway. Residing in Austin, Texas the place he studied regulation on the College of Texas earlier than deciding to change into an actor, he eschews the standard trappings of a life in movie, selecting as a substitute to spend time without work the set in his residence state with household and pals.
An Academy Award successful actor for his brave efficiency in Dallas Purchaser’s Membership, McConaughey avoids typecasting having performed main and supporting roles in comedies, dramas, horror movies, interval items and sci-fi epics. His flip as detective Rustin Cohle in HBO’s True Detective added to his acclaim, incomes him greatest actor nominations from each the Display screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes.
His most up-to-date starring position has been as a spokesperson for Lincoln Motor Firm, which, together with the introduction of the very succesful MKC, has helped the automotive firm considerably improve its gross sales previously yr, one thing he takes nice delight in.
I caught up with Matthew at his annual fundraising occasion, Mack, Jack & McConaughey on the Austin Metropolis Limits Theater and he shared a couple of ideas with me about automobiles, his relationship with Lincoln and life usually.
Thanks for giving me a couple of minutes of your time throughout this busy weekend.
Don’t point out it. I’m completely happy to be right here.
In your business for the MKC, you say “I’ve been driving a Lincoln lengthy earlier than anybody paid me to.” What was the primary Lincoln you drove and what did you want about it?
It actually started within the movie The Lincoln Lawyer. I appreciated that ’86 City Automotive a lot I purchased it. I simply liked the way it felt. The way it drove. Generally I like driving it as a result of it’s so easy. I had a Navigator after that, and we had an Aviator that my then girlfriend, my spouse now, drove. She liked it.
Discuss to me concerning the promoting marketing campaign.
Clearly the connection’s going properly. I’ve been completely happy creatively with the spots.
Are they scripted?
Minimally, you recognize they’ve been very inclusive, I imply, look, they’re good they need me to greater than approve of them, they need me to get off to the concept and prefer it. So the company and I get collectively and we’ll speak. We had a primary preliminary assembly the place we talked about who they’re, what Lincoln stands for and why they got here to me. We talked about the place that symbiosis is and the place we meet minds right here, and naturally promote. However I don’t need to be a salesman, I don’t need to be up there and go ‘Hey, purchase a Lincoln!’ I stated, ‘I’m not shopping for that.’ They usually stated that’s not what we wish. So we talked and I stated, ‘Look man, I like telling tales.’ I don’t need to sound like an commercial. So the very first thing they confirmed me, I used to be like, that’s actually fascinating. It’s introspective. It’s quirky. Some individuals are going to suppose that is bizarre. Nice. They’re going to suppose it’s humorous. I believe it’s form of humorous. I additionally suppose it’s very true. Shoot, I speak to myself on a regular basis so I simply obtained to do it in a automotive business.
So what do you concentrate on the parodies?
Hey, complimentary derivatives. I haven’t seen all of them, however what occurred is nice. As a result of consciousness doesn’t imply exercise. We obtained consciousness however we additionally made an impression so individuals not solely stated I’ve seen it all over the place, however they obtained up and stated I need one. That’s the place the magic occurred someplace.
Are you a automotive man?
A automotive and truck man. I prefer to customise issues. I personalized the again of that previous Lincoln after Lincoln Lawyer to be my cell workplace. I had a kind of little laptop computer desks like in a police automotive, and I had a cooler in there, in order that was my cell workplace. Then I had a van that I personalized so I might principally dwell out of that whereas I traveled after which I graduated to an Airstream. I’ve obtained three Airstreams now they usually’re all personalized other ways. The advantage of these is there’s not sufficient sq. footage to blow all of your cash.
So that you’re a automotive man, a journey man, do you ever take highway journeys?
What’s your favourite vacation spot?
I solely choose one factor; North, South, East or West. I simply get on the highway and go. That’s the purpose. The one different governor I give myself is what’s the time restrict. Alright I obtained two months, we’ll simply head out and after I get going I’ll work out the place I’m going. You understand, you journey, you’re not free proper whenever you stroll out the door. You’ve obtained to get out and get your separation earlier than you possibly can quiet down and go, ‘Ah, now I’m on time.’ Once I go away enterprise, once I go away L.A. the clock’s shifting too quick.
Inform me a few latest highway journey.
I’m on the highway each weekend now. I’m on set in Louisiana for my new film, however I drive residence each weekend to be with my household. I obtained my new Navigator in January and I’ve already put 13,000 miles on it. Man, that’s lots of miles, however I find it irresistible. I like the solitude. It’s nice to have a while to myself.
What do you hearken to whenever you’re within the automotive?
I begin out the morning with my NPR then I’ll ease into another stuff, after which who is aware of round 2 AM I’ll most likely be listening to Pink Floyd.
Matthew, thanks a lot to your time. It’s been nice sharing the highway with you.
My pleasure, thanks for coming.