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Matthew McConaughey

Hollywood might have the award scorers like Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino or pure entertainers like Seann William Scott and Jason Biggs. But between those two layers there was a need for something to fill in the middle, some actors who were not only lightly amusing but also astonishing at the same time. Simply charming in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003) but was dumbfounding in "A Time To Kill" (1996) Matthew McConaughey easily slipped under this category.

Born November 4, 1969 in a small town of Uvalde, Texas, he was raised in a conservative catholic family. His father Jim McConaughey was an ex pro footballer and a gas salesman while his mother Kay was a substitute teacher. After reading Og Mandino's book which emphasized on "do it now", without further hesitation he quickly turned to film directing. From 1991 onwards, he started to dig his artistic talents by posing for commercials especially beers and also acting for students' film projects. To gain qualifications from his school, he directed a short film titled "Chicano Chariots" in 1992 and graduated the following year. Soon after the graduation he was seeking jobs in which he had become so fond of. Drinking beer in a hotel bar in Austin, he never thought that his destiny was about to change.

His meeting with a casting agent named Don Phillips led to another meeting with director Richard Linklater. Initially, the Texan director hesitated using him as an actor in his film "Dazed and Confused" (1993) because he was thought too handsome. Matthew and his co-stars Milla Jovovich and Ben Affleck were suddenly highly recommended new stars. Such notice won him a part in "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1994) where he played the cannibalistic killer, Vilmer. After several acceptable performances in 1995, he made a startling come back by being a murder suspect in "Lone Star" (1996). Since then, more interesting roles were coming towards his way.

Going to the audition of "A Time to Kill", he was last compared to the other candidates such as Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer. However, as the owner of the copyright, John Grisham selected him out of the others. Matthew was granted an award for Best Breakthrough Performance by the 1997 MTV Movie Awards and so did his opposite, Samuel L. Jackson who was nominated at the 1997 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture category. Apparently, apart from winning the award through this movie, Matthew also won Ashley Judd's heart. They met during the filming and dated before he was seen again with the other cast, Sandra Bullock sometime later. He agreed to take two in 1997, Robert Zemeckis' "Contact" and Steven Spielberg's "Amistad".
Once again using his university skill in directing, he moved on to direct, write and star in a short comedy "The Rebel" (1998). He appeared again in a short movie directed, written and starred by his then girlfriend Sandra Bullock titled "Making Sandwiches" (1998) before his sassy appearance in comedy "Edtv" (1999).

After hitting the bottom, he was back on his feet by leaving his 'boyish' status to appear in an Oscar winning motion picture "U-571" (2000) as Lt. Andrew Tyler and to take things easier, he added a romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner" (2001), an action fantasy "Reign of Fire" (2002) plus his romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" with Kate Hudson.

Matthew closed the year 2005 with "Two for the Money" where he teamed up with Pacino to play two people rolling in money through football not by playing but gambling. Meanwhile, 2006 turned to be a busier period as he got the chance playing opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "Failure to Launch" while highlighting sports drama "We Are Marshall" alongside Matthew Fox and David Strathairn.

As popular as his movies are, I am unable to say that I’ve seen any of them. But now that I know what Matthew has preformed in, I will make the effort to watch his movies.