WHITE BOY RICK

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Over the course of his ca­reer, Matthew McConaughey has starred in some amaz­ing fact-based films — in­clud­ing Dal­las Buy­ers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street. Now he’s back in truth-is-stranger-than-fic­tion ter­ri­tory with White Boy Rick, the real-life story of a petty crim­i­nal whose teenage son (Richie Mer­ritt) be­came one of his­tory’s youngest drug king­pins — and fed­eral in­for­mants — in 1980s Detroit. “Richie’s go­ing to knock your socks off,” says Matthew of his co-star, who’s never been in a film be­fore. “It’s top­notch act­ing.” He’s cer­tainly sur­rounded by heavy­weight tal­ent: Os­car nom­i­nees Bruce Dern (Com­ing Home, Nebraska) and Piper Laurie (Car­rie) play Matthew’s par­ents, and Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh (The Hate­ful Eight) ap­pears as an FBI agent. The story “says a lot about Amer­ica, poverty and the jus­tice sys­tem,” adds Matthew, who has three chil­dren with wife Camila Alves. “This role, for me, is my sad coun­try song. This guy, Rick Sr., wasn’t born into it and doesn’t quite have the tools to be as good of a dad as you need to be. He’s kind of a bad dad, but he cares about his kids and loves them a lot.” [R]

“I’m re­ally proud of this movie,” saysMatthew, with Richie.

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