The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning star of Dallas Buyers Club, and the star of such seminal films as Dazed and Confused, A Time to Kill, The Wolf of Wall Street, Magic Mike, Mud, Gold, The Dark Tower, Free State of Jones, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, and The Lincoln Lawyer. McConaughey has laid out the beats of his extraordinary life and career in Greenlights, a number one NYT bestselling memoir about the upbringing that shaped him. And the breaks along the way that made him a temporary king of the romcom, until he decided that was not his calling. It took him two years of not working to shed that stereotype before the great roles came to him that redefined the second act of a careeer that led to his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club and the outsized success of True Detective, teaming with Woody Harrelson in an HBO miniseries that helped make it okay for movie stars to do slow burn limited series.
McConaughey shares some of his cinematic inspirations here, and the life lessons that helped make him who he is now.
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