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February 13th, 2014
07:08 PM ET

Matthew McConaughey talks about his father's death; tells Piers Morgan how to lose 43 pounds quickly

He dropped a jaunting 47 pounds to play AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in the film "Dallas Buyers Club" and now Matthew McConaughey is nominated for best actor at this year’s Academy Awards for his role in the film.

The Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in a Drama explains to Piers Morgan how grateful he is for his success:

“I'm very engaged in what's happening, extremely appreciative, understand, you know, what the reasons are that someone would say - be deeming me with a nomination, you know, and what's been going on in my life.”

But there are some moments, the most important ones, may be too powerful or too painful for McConaughey to want to re-live.

McConaughey’s father died in 1992 before he was able to see his youngest son bloom into a movie star he is known as today. The Texas-raised star still feels the loss deeply:

“Anybody who loses a family member, if you lose a father, that's the main crutch in a man's life,” the 44-year-old says, “And it's there for a reason, because you know if it ever comes down to it, you've got your own father to lean up against.”

McConaughey tells Morgan that his father’s death gave him courage and integrity, and that if his father were here to watch the Oscars, “he’d be loving it ... he’d be hamming it up.”

What’s McConaughey's secret to rapid weight loss?

“Go to Mexico and drink the water,” says the actor with a wink.

Watch the clip and listen to the video as the two men share a hearty laugh, then tune to CNN tonight at 9 for the full interview.
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  1. Mike

    Piers Morgan go home to britain, we do not want you here and your comments anymore

    February 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BubbaCo

      I vote Mike as the biggest imbecile on the internet today.

      February 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. John

    I live in Mexico, the water's just fine. Mexicans drink bottled water (and yes they have also Fiji & Evian) or they have water filters installed in their homes. So stop the bad publicity

    February 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. temo

    hahaah very funy stupid guy....

    February 14, 2014 at 2:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mireille Reynaud

    /Matthew-mcconaughey comment out of context. Ignorant! You need to travel more. Mexico water,as New York water, as Paris water is for bathing no for drinking.

    February 14, 2014 at 3:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. David

    I'm funny and I find this Mexican

    February 14, 2014 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. jose mcconaughey

    Hey matthew McConaughey you are a bad actor i mean horrible actor you have a tick accent hard to understand. . have you drink your home town water in texas you must have..test like don't make stupid comments about drinking water in Mexico losser!!!!

    February 14, 2014 at 11:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Chica

    "you have a tick accent hard to understand." LOL!

    I thought McConaughey was going to punch Piers in the mouth when he started off with the bongos story. Piers never fully recovered from that..

    You not only can't drink the water in Mexico, you can't eat the fruit... and I live in Mexico!

    February 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Name* crystal

    What's wrong with our water in México? And what part of Mexico you visited?? Be careful with your comments Mr. Matthew.

    February 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. dan

    very stupid comment about mexico ...payaso!!!!

    February 19, 2014 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Alexandra

    I can't believe he said that about Mexico! I loved his movie, but this? I mean like really? He's an ignorant.

    February 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Ann

    Piers I like your show a LOT, and I like you a LOT. I was shocked your show is cancelled. We prefer you to Larry King. Be proud of the work you have done. Thank you for a few good years.

    February 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Nikki

    Matthew is an amazing actor. So proud of him!! I really hope he wins the Oscar. His role as Ron in Dallas Buyers Club is outstanding. So moving, and intense. He's an actors actor.

    February 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nikki

    And people all up in arms about his comment about Mexican water...he's not being ignorant. He's making a joke. Geez...lighten up!

    February 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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