Three years ago, the original “Magic Mike” was part of the first wave of the McConn-aissance. As the older but wiser stripper Dallas, Matthew McConaughey won the Supporting Actor award from the Gotham film critics and there was even talk of an Oscar nomination.
While he was doing the rounds to talk up playing Dallas, he was already filming “Dallas Buyers Club.” Much was made of his dramatic weight loss for that role and McConaughey won the Best Actor Oscar in 2013.
Since then, he has headlined “Interstellar” for Christopher Nolan, which underperformed commercially and critically last year, and the upcoming “Sea of Trees” for Gus Van Sant, which divided the critics in Cannes. And he is currently filming the Civil War epic “The Free State of Jones” for Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”). However, he took a pass on reprising his role in “Magic Mike XXL.”
Wouldn’t he have benefitted from the boost of a cameo in this guaranteed summer blockbuster? Isn’t he in danger of being perceived as someone who got too big to take off his britches, one of those oh-so-serious actors?
Honestly, when he turned down Magic Mike XXL, I had my worries that since McConaughey won his Oscar, he thought he was suddenly above doing a Magic Mike sequel. I hope that’s not the case, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s why. Then again, he did say he’s interested in doing a Marvel or DC film, so maybe he’s not above summer blockbusters.
McConaughey wants to establish himself as an awards magnet. Anyone can sweep a season. But many will not return for further recognition.
Smart, unless he passed on it to do Sea of Trees instead.
I don’t know. If he was too big to do it then I would say that would be stupid. The movie was part of his big resurgence and earned him an Independent Spirit Award and a Critic’s Choice nomination but I can understand if he wanted to work with big directors like Nolan and company. It seems like these movies are a lot of fun for the actors so I don’t think there is any vendetta behind the scenes of not wanting to do it
There was a long article I read about him on one of the film sites (Indiewire maybe?). He was asked about it. He said he had scheduling issues. It was filming when he was booked to do publicity for Interstellar. And as we know from Jessica Chastain and A Most Violent Year, Chris Nolan doesn’t screw around with such things. McConaughey also said what his character Dallas was supposed to do in the screenplay wasn’t in his opinion true to the character. Dallas was gay wasn’t he? In any case, he didn’t have a girlfriend like the other ones did. From the trailer and the long cast of female characters, I’m guessing all the strippers have girlfriends in this one. Also, maybe he didn’t want to bulk up for the role. He’s still very thin.
Maybe he isn’t interested in doing sequels? Both John Grisham and Michael Connelly (especially) have gone on record trying to get him to do the sequels to A Time to Kill and The Lincoln Lawyer.
In any case, I don’t think he’s interested in being in blockbusters or popcorn flicks. One of the websites reported he passed on Doctor Strange and playing the Joker in Suicide Squad. You have to remember a lot of these actors coming out of indies are broke (Cumberbatch, etc.). They jump onto the Marvel/DC bandwagon to make big money. McConaughey doesn’t have to do that. He made his fortune in romcoms and now he can do all indies if he wants to and he seems to want to. After Free State of Jones, the IMDb has him starting Gold for Stephen Gaghan now – another indie which will be distributed by Weinstein.