Clear as Mud

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

MATTHEW McConaughey (pic­tured), who’s get­ting praise from crit­ics for his role in the new movie Mud, says he’s found a way to make neg­a­tive re­views a pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. McConaughey won best sup­port­ing male ac­tor at the In­de­pen­dent Spirit Awards for 2012’s Magic Mike. He also re­ceived the best sup­port­ing ac­tor hon­our for Magic Mike and Bernie at the New York Film Crit­ics Cir­cle Awards. But there have been some misses for the 43-year-old ac­tor, who ce­mented his ro­man­tic lead­ing man sta­tus in 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days op­po­site Kate Hud­son. Crit­ics panned Fail­ure to Launch, Ghosts of Girl­friends Past and Fools Gold. ‘‘A few years ago, I did a re­ally in­ter­est­ing kind of ex­per­i­ment,’’ McConaughey says. ‘‘My as­sis­tants gath­ered ev­ery neg­a­tive re­view I’ve ever had and it was a good, thick pile. I sat down and said, ‘We’re gonna read ev­ery one of th­ese’. There was some re­ally good con­struc­tive crit­i­cism.’’ He says it’s most re­ward­ing to read a re­view where he and the critic agree about what he was try­ing to con­vey in a per­for­mance. In Mud, McConaughey plays a fugi­tive who be­friends two teen boys in Arkansas who help him try to re­unite with his long-lost love, Ju­niper (Reese Wither­spoon), while also hid­ing out from the au­thor­i­ties. McConaughey, who mar­ried long­time girl­friend Camila Alves last year, says he was drawn to the way Mud loves Ju­niper. ‘‘The love he has for this woman is a very sim­ple thing,’’ he says. ‘‘I just hung my hat on (it). Didn’t mat­ter if she loved him back or not. He didn’t love her any less ever. This man has a pas­sion­ate love for some­body as pas­sion­ate as it was the first three hours and that just doesn’t re­ally hap­pen in real life, real of­ten. You can say it does, but it’s pretty tough to keep that light burn­ing.’’


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