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February 14th, 2014
02:22 PM ET

Matthew McConaughey on his more recent roles: “These have been really singularly focused, obsessed characters”

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan welcomes Matthew McConaughey for a primetime, face to face interview that comes amidst a bevy of buzz surrounding his Oscar-nominated performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." But despite the fact that the 44-year-old is a front-runner to capture the gold trophy as "Best Actor," his current success is not an indication of anything conclusive:

“I think it's a wonderful moment in my career that is in the middle of its approach. It doesn't feel like a destination," he tells the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "I'm extremely honored, this is the gold standard in the industry I'm fortunate enough to work in. But I - it doesn't feel like it's a resolution."

Known earlier in his career for playing the pretty-boy crush opposite a love struck leading lady, he's deepened his range with recent roles, including his physically and mentally transformative depiction of Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club,” a drama based on the true story of an AIDS-stricken rodeo cowboy given 30 days to live.

“A romantic comedy is not about a character's identity as much. No one cares about what the guys job is, or what his past is. They're not obsessed with certain things," he explains, in describing the limited nuance required in some of his previous roles. "They can't be, or they'll sink the romantic comedy. So they float across the top.”

By contrast, some of McConaughey’s most-recent portrayals, including his work in "True Detective" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," have required a much deeper dive into the soul of the men he's depicting:

“These have been really singularly focused, obsessed characters,” said McConaughey. “A lot of them live on the fringes of society, but they're islands unto themselves. They make up their own rules, make up their own laws, they don't placate or pander to society. There’s a freedom that I found in that.”

Watch the clip, and listen to the video, as the two men further describe McConaughey's dramatic choices, then tune to CNN tonight at 9 for the full interview.
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  1. Really?

    I was actually looking forward to renting Matthew McCanoughey's latest movie. It looked really good. CNN Mexico is reporting that in this interview with Piers Morgan, McCblah said that his secret for losing so much weight was going to Mexico and drinking the water. As a reasonable Mexican American who does not like to hate on celebrities for the dumb things they say when they have a camera in front of them, I must say that I wish Mr. M would educate his sense of humor and be a little bit more intelligent about his racial putdowns and offensive comments about a nation he seems to know nothing positive about. Some of you fans of putting down other ethnic groups will argue that Mexican is not a race, blah, blah, blah. You are wrong, Mexicans are mestizos, which to us Mexicans is a race and an ethnic and cultural definition. I am extremely disappointed in this actor's comments about Mexico and I will not be watching his movie. I encourage those of you who respect the right of fellow human beings not to be insulted by dumb and racist celebrities to do the same.

    February 17, 2014 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply

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