Matthew McConaughey Almost Quit Hollywood During His Romantic Comedy Years, Seen as a Wildlife Guide

Matthew McConaughey wasn’t always sure he belonged in Hollywood.

Back when the star was best known for romantic comedies like “How to Lose a Man in 10 Days” and “The Wedding Planner,” he said he decided to take a break to rethink his career.

“I used to zig when I felt like Hollywood wanted me to zag,” the 54-year-old told “Twisters” star Glen Powell in an Interview magazine article. “When I had my romantic comedy years, I couldn’t give them a lot of bandwidth, and they were solid hits for me. But I wanted to try other stuff. Of course, I didn’t understand, I So I had to leave Hollywood for two years.”

McConaughey said the breakup was “scary” and he considered leaving acting altogether and starting over in a completely different career.

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Matthew McConaughey wasn’t always sure he belonged in Hollywood. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

“I had long discussions with my wife about the need to find a new vocation,” he explained. “‘I think I’m going to teach high school. I think I’m going to study to be a conductor. I think I’m going to become a wildlife guide.'”

The actor married Camilla Alves in 2012 and they share three children together.

The “Dallas Buyers Club” actor said he “honestly thought, ‘I’m out of Hollywood. I’m out of my lane.’ The lane that Hollywood said I should stay in, and Hollywood says, “Well, fuck you, man, you should have stayed in your lane later.”

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Matthew McConaughey said he once rethought his career in Hollywood, when he mainly played roles in romantic comedies. He considered becoming a teacher, conductor or wilderness guide. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Wild Turkey)

He said that although this time off made him feel “insignificant,” he knew it was what he had to do, “so I wasn’t going to pull the parachute and leave the mission I was on.” ‘was. But it was scary, because I didn’t know if I was ever going to get out of the desert.”

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Powell acknowledged that while there are “ghost stories” about actors who took a break from the industry and never found their way back, it’s always okay to let Hollywood “miss you.”

Matthew McConaughey with Jennifer Lopez in “The Wedding Planner” in 2001. (Colombia Images/Getty Images)

McConaughey, a Texas native, likened it to “a skinny horse, a long ride.”

He explained: “I don’t know about you, but for me, going back to ‘A Time to Kill,’ after having a big hit at a big studio and becoming famous, I remembered that the Thursday before that open film, there are 100 scripts that I would have done, and 99 of them I couldn’t book over that weekend, 99 no’s became 99 yes’s, I was like, “He Three days ago I would have done one of these! And now you’re asking me which one I want to do?

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Matthew McConaughey won his first Oscar in 2014 for “Dallas Buyers Club.” (Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

McConaughey said he then grabbed a backpack and went to Peru for three weeks, so he could “hear myself think.”

His last romantic comedy role was in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” in 2009, and in 2011 he starred in “The Lincoln Lawyer.” In 2014, he won his first Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club”.

Matthew MacConaughey said he took long walks with his wife Camila Alves to reconsider his career years ago. (Rick Kern/WireImage)

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Earlier in the interview, McConaughey said, “Once I felt like I was in Hollywood, I felt comfortable enough to go home. You can truly be an honest observer of humans in Texas. It’s hard to do that in Hollywood, because everyone is a voyeur. Instead of going somewhere to eat, a lot of Hollywood people go to that place to see who comes to eat at that place. »

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