Perhaps concerned that he had become a bit too beloved in recent months, Matthew McConaughey has come out in support of two American institutions that have taken a beating in the media: the Washington Redskins and the romantic comedy. Both assertions come from McConaughey’s GQ cover interview, conducted presumably over an ice-cold Miller Lite and a set of bongo drums.
As far as the Redskins go, McConaughey said it wouldn’t “hurt” him to change the name, but “I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph,” which is a very Matthew McConaughey thing to say. Sensing that his previous comments could be construed as charming, he continued, “We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it?’ It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board.”
One thing everybody is not on board with is McConaughey’s career in early ’00s rom-coms, a cinematic moment that a lot of people—The A.V. Club included—have talked a lot of shit about over the years.
“These things aren’t easy. What’s hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair. There’s a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy,” McConaguhey said, slowly unbuttoning his shirt as he spoke.
“Look, I’m happy if you think I ‘cruised through’ those. I did my work,” he added, lighting up a fat doob and handing it to the interviewer. Also, he got paid.
[via The Wrap]