McConaughey Explains Two-Year Break After Jennifer Garner Romcom

McConaughey opens up about his career struggles and evolution

by Zain ul Abedin
McConaughey Explains Two-Year Break After Jennifer Garner Romcom
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Matthew McConaughey has revealed that shooting romance movies in the early 2,000s was unfulfilling and almost led to him giving up Hollywood acting. He is the Oscar-winning actor who got his big break in the courtroom drama "A Time to Kill" of 1996 and is popular for rom coms from the start of the 2000s.

Some popular romantic comedies of McConaughey are "The Wedding Planner" (2001) with Jennifer Lopez, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003), and "Failure to Launch" (2006) with Sarah Jessica Parker. However, the success of these films was short-lived; McConaughey, at 54, was already tired of what he was doing and was frankly growing bored or was on the verge of type casting or even changing his career path altogether.

Speaking to Interview Magazine, McConaughey said: "I’ve usually zigged when I felt like Hollywood wanted me to zag. When I had my romcom years, there was only so much bandwidth I could give to those, and those were some solid hits for me." His discontentment came after his movies like "Fool’s Gold" with Hudson and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" with Garner.

Facing New Challenges

Being tired of playing the same character over and over again and maybe disillusioned with Hollywood, McConaughey took a big leap and stepped back. "I wanted to try some other stuff." He said: "Of course, I wasn’t getting it, so I had to leave Hollywood for two years." He referred to this period as "scary." He even thought about getting a job as a high school teacher or a wildlife guide.

During this time, McConaughey found himself struggling with anxiety, self-doubt, and the question of ‘what is left for me?’ "The days were long due to the sense of insignificance," he said. "But I made up my mind that that’s what I needed to do, so I wasn’t going to pull the parachute and quit the mission I was on.

But it was scary because I didn’t know if I was ever going to get out of the desert." Thankfully for McConaughey, this decision turned out to be successful. In 2011, he returned to the acting profession for “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and critics like Mark Kermode called this time the "McConaissance." Throughout the next years, Matthew starred in more films such as "Killer Joe" by William Friedkin, "Bernie" by Richard Linklater, "Mud" by Jeff Nichols, as well as "Magic Mike" by Steven Soderbergh.

He came back to prominence with his performance in the Oscar Award-winning flick "Dallas Buyers Club" and continued to receive good remarks for the movie "Interstellar" by Christopher Nolan. It has not been an easy journey for McConaugague to be a versatile actor of today with his previous animation flick ROMCOM star but he did not give up on his strive to become an artist.

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