Matthew McConaughey, co-star of the "Sahara" Movie!
With a rangy handsomeness that makes him look as if he would be equally comfortable branding cattle, Matthew McConaughey found fame shortly after making his screen debut in Richard Linklater's 1993 Dazed and Confused. After being cast in two high-profile 1996 films, Lone Star and A Time to Kill, the actor was soon being hailed as one of the industry's hottest young leading men, inspiring comparisons to such charismatic purveyors of cinematic testosterone as Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. A product of Texas, McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas on November 4, 1969 and raised in Longview. The son of a substitute teacher and a former member of the Green Bay Packers, he excelled in sports as a high school student and was voted "Most Handsome" by his senior class. After graduating, McConaughey spent some time working in Australia and then returned to the States to attend the University of Texas at Austin. It was there that he met producer and casting director Don Phillips, who introduced him to director Linklater, and, after directing from UT in 1993 with a degree in film production, McConaughey was cast in Dazed and Confused. Although his role as Wooderson, a slacker old enough to know better, was relatively small, McConaughey succeeded in winning a degree of immortality with lines like, "That's what I like about high school girls: I keep getting older, they stay the same age." After Dazed, McConaughey took on a number of supporting roles in films of varying quality, appearing in everything from 1994's Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre to 1995's Boys on the Side, in which he was cast as Drew Barrymore's straight-arrow cop boyfriend. The latter film won him some notice, heightened a year later when he was cast in John Sayles' acclaimed Lone Star. McConaughey made a distinct impression in his small but pivotal role as the town's beloved late sheriff, Buddy Deeds, and was duly given his first leading role in Joel Schumacher's 1996 adaptation of John Grisham's A Time to Kill. Although the film met with lackluster reviews, McConaughey managed to attract favorable attention, holding his own against Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, and Sandra Bullock.
Finding himself elected to the throne of Hollywood Golden Boy, a status cemented by his appearance on the cover of the August 1996 Vanity Fair, McConaughey paradoxically followed his initial success with a string of small, largely unseen films before landing a starring role as a property lawyer in Amistad, Steven Spielberg's 1997 slave epic. The same year, he also starred in Contact, playing a New Age theologian in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Carl Sagan's best-selling novel. After again collaborating with Linklater in 1998 on The Newton Boys, in which he starred alongside Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio as the remarkably photogenic family of titular robbers, McConaughey banded together with off-screen pal Bullock on her directorial debut, the short Making Sandwiches, the same year. For all the hype surrounding the beginning of his career, by the time he was cast in the lead role of Ron Howard's EdTV, McConaughey had receded somewhat from the public eye, with many critics noting that despite his talent and physical attributes, the actor seemed to have trouble finding roles that would do him justice. But McConaughey's turn as the laid-back everyman who becomes an overnight celebrity when he allows his life to be broadcast on TV proved a relative success, with the actor winning praise for his endearingly dopey performance. The film itself garnered a number of positive reviews and gave a decent box office performance, and by the end of that year, McConaughey had his name attached to a number of projects, including those of his own production company, J.K. Livin'. In October 1999, McConaughey achieved notoriety of a different sort, when he was arrested for resisting transport after the Austin, Texas police responded to noise complaints about his late-night naked bongo-playing; drug charges against him were dropped for lack of a proper warrant.
After submerging in a tense struggle to find a German Enigma machine in order to defeat the Nazis in the taut World War II thriller U-571 (2000), McConaughey sweetened things up a bit by co-starring alongside Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy The Wedding Planner (2002). A lightweight comedy that did little to further his appeal as an actor of dramatic or comic range, the film nevertheless kept McConaughey in the public eye and once again warmed him to a public unsure how to approach him after numerous rumors of bizarre behavior. McConaughey's performance as a cocky lawyer forced to re-evaluate his quest for happiness after a life-altering experience in 2001's 13 Conversations About One Thing forced critics and audiences to re-evaluate their approach to the eccentric actor, and he would next re-team with U-571 co-star Bill Paxton for the nail-biter sleeper Frailty (2001). In late 2001 and early 2002 the eccentric actor at last received favorable press after coming to the aid of both woman who fainted at the Toronto International Film Festival and a sound man who suffered a seizure during McConaughey's Access Hollywood interview for Reign of Fire (2002), and though the aforementioned film fared only moderately well at the box office, its kindly star seemed to be back in the public's good graces. McConaughey next opted to lighten things up a bit by co-starring alongside Kate Hudson in the /romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
McConaughey has no 'M word' for Penelope Cruz
Hollywood hunk, Matthew McConaughey has said that he has no plans to marry co-star, Penelope Cruz, although he admits that they share a nice bonding.
"Right now I've got five free fingers and life is good and she and I are doing just fine", Female First quoted McConaughey as saying.
"But no M-word has been talked yet, no", he added.
The duo have reportedly been enjoying togetherness since they started working on 'Sahara', paving rumors that marrying may be in the offing.
Cruz' love gives Mc Conaughty sleepless nights!
Mathew McConaughey,who became romantically involved with Latino heartthrob Penelope Cruz soon after her split with Tom Cruise, has revealed that the intensity of his love for her, especially in her absence is giving him sleepless nights.
"I'm living and breathing this person. I know every moment would be better if I were with her 24/7. You can't sleep because you can't wait to wake up in the morning to go and see them, or you can't sleep because they're in bed with you and you don't want to go to sleep."The Sun quoted Mathew as saying.
Matthew McConaughey visits local troops
The 35-year-old star signs autographs for his admirers at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
Jessica Artman, 23, of Chesterfield Township holds the edges of her paper so tightly that her sweaty hands moisten the sides. Her boyfriend, Joe Pfeiffer, just stays out of her way.
Kylie Bryant, 12, of Shelby Township holds her paper napkins with the same intensity. And don't even ask about Lesley Stovall, 26, of Dearborn Heights. She grips her copy of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" so strongly that she has indentations in her hands.
They share one goal: Get actor Matthew McConaughey's autograph.
McConaughey grants all their wishes Tuesday afternoon while shaking hands with soldiers and their families at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township. U.S. Army Garrison-Michigan hosted the meet-and-greet that allowed the 35-year-old heartthrob to promote his new movie "Sahara," due in theaters April 8.
"This is my fifth military base," says McConaughey, dressed in a green satin bomber jacket, a baseball cap and a brown knitted scarf. "So far, you all are, hands down, the liveliest group so far."
The star of movies ranging from the drama "A Time to Kill" to the romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner" to the sci-fi bomb "Reign of Fire," McConaughey works his way through mobs of fans, a toothpick dangling from his lips as he signs autographs. Each time, he signs the same message: "J.K. Livin'" followed by an indecipherable semblance of his name.
"What does 'J.K. Livin' mean?" wonders Kim Bryant, Kylie's mom.
"Just keep living," guesses Kylie's dad, Dan.
But Stovall, the "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" fan, could care less what it means. Excited just to be in the sinewy star's presence, Stovall, a bank teller, trembles as she tries to take picture after picture of McConaughey.
"I hope this camera works," Stovall says. "If these pictures don't come out, I'll die."
Matthew McConaughey on tour promoting film
Matthew McConaughey, who stars as Dirk Pitt in the upcoming action-adventure "Sahara," has begun a six-week U.S. cross-country promotional tour.
McConaughey, will travel in his personal Airstream trailer, which has been specially outfitted with art from the film, to meet fans at dozens of stops, spreading the word about his new film.McConaughey will document his experiences in a blog at mtv.com/movies.
In "Sahara," master explorer Pitt takes on the adventure of his life when he embarks on a treasure hunt through some of the most dangerous regions of West Africa.
Searching for what locals call the "Ship of Death," a long lost Civil War battleship that protects a secret cargo, Pitt and his wisecracking sidekick, played by Steve Zahn, use their wits and clever heroics to help Dr. Eva Rojas, played by Penelope Cruz, when they realize the ship may be linked to mysterious deaths in the very same area.
The film opens in theaters nationwide April 8.
'Sahara' Star Matthew McConaughey to Be Honored at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Star to Meet Troops of the 77th RRC, Receive The Commanding General's Coin, and Screen First-Ever Film Shown on Intrepid.
Matthew McConaughey, the star of the upcoming motion picture "Sahara," will be honored at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, where he will host a screening of the film -- the first-ever major motion picture ever shown on the vessel -- for the Army Reserve soldiers of the 77th Regional Readiness Command (RRC) on Thursday, March 3. McConaughey will meet the troops from the 77th RRC and receive The Commanding General's Coin from their commanding general, Major General Richard S. Colt. In addition, Colonel Tom Tyrrell USMC, (Ret.), Executive Director and CEO of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, will present McConaughey with an American flag that has flown over the Intrepid flight deck.
In "Sahara," master explorer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) takes on the adventure of his life when he embarks on a treasure hunt through some of the most dangerous regions of West Africa. Searching for what locals call the "Ship of Death," a long lost Civil War battleship which protects a secret cargo, Pitt and his wisecracking sidekick (Steve Zahn) use their wits and clever heroics to help Doctor Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz), when they realize the ship may be linked to mysterious deaths in the very same area. The film opens in theaters nationwide on April 8.
McConaughey said, "I'm honored to be screening 'Sahara' on the Intrepid for the soldiers of the 77th RRC. These men and women do so much for us -- a lot of them are just back from the Middle East -- and I'm glad I could find a way to give back. It's going to be a very cool day."
McConaughey's "Sahara" Stream Journals
"Sahara" star Matthew McConaughey is cruising across America with a custom Airstream trailer to promote his upcoming action flick – and he's sending MTV (and only MTV) regular updates and photos from the road. Roll 'em.
Wednesday, March 9, 12:37 a.m.
Mile 3,729, Michigan City, Michigan, 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Did Detroit today and had to stay in a local hotel last night because all the RV Parks were closed for the winter. Motor City was cool. Here's some "Sahara" Stream sense on sports and life along the day:
1) Two things you can't teach are speed and common sense
2) When an athlete violates a drug test, instead of always printing and reporting that the player or athlete "failed a drug test" or "tested positive for drugs" it's time to specify which "drug" he or she tested "positive" for. My point is there's a difference between marijuana and cocaine.
3) Things haven't changed that much, things are just publicized more. Locker rooms and bedrooms aren't really "locked."
4) You know it's cold when you're handing your bags to the bellman from Serbia before leaving your hotel room and you ask him, "Is it cold outside?" and he looks you in the eye with a black mutton hat made of a bear wrapped around his head and replies, "It cold." (This happened this morning; it was cold.)
5) Michigan City, Michigan. Met a bunch of people in a bar tonight who were in town for an execution. Evidently, a man who murdered a mother and father and their two kids while robbing their house 23 years ago in Evansville, Michigan, is scheduled to be executed tomorrow night at midnight here in Michigan City. Many people were in town from Evansville "for the execution." Uh, good morning. By the way, as I was leaving, I was told the man "ordered his last meal" from the very bar I was in. Uh, good afternoon.
Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m.
Ahhhh ... a few nice days and nights in New York City. I stayed in a hotel for the first time in a while — room service, a massage and a fireplace for two nights is pretty fine. Not better or worse than my Airstream, just different and nice. I went out to one of my favorite spots last night, Minetta Tavern, a great neighborhood bar where you can hear lots a good bullsh--. Saw some New York friends, ate, drank, joined in the bullsh--. After 15 days on the road, it was time for a night "out." It was what the doctor ordered, ending with a 3 a.m. pizza delivery, if you know what I mean.
Paparazzi been everywhere here — they're all over shots of me and my girlfriend, which you all may already be seeing by the time you read this. Some hung outside Minetta Tavern so long last night that we finally invited them inside (not to take pictures, just to relax). Met an interesting photographer, Frank; he calls himself an artist, a painter and a photographer, not paparazzi. One or the other, both are true, all of it is — whatever, he was a nice guy with a job to do. He politely asked Penelope and I to "pose" for a shot. We politely said, "No thanks, we'll do what we do, you do what you do." He said, "OK" and we all had a civil drink. Frank says, "I capture health and beauty, and nobody runs no picture without me agreein' on it." Frank used to box, he's never lived in a house all his life, always an apartment, and he wakes up every morning and does 250 pushups — "Unless I had a nice night with a lady, then I do a hundred," he says. Frank dreams of movin' to Florida, says he hates money but needs it to pay the rent. Everybody's got a story.
Best barroom wisdom I heard that night:
"Love life and life will love you."— Frank Ross
"If you're not happy, money not gonna make you happy. If you happy, money gonna make your life easier." — John "Merkin" Chaney
"Only lend money to the dudes you don't like. Then you know you'll never see 'em again." — John "Merkin" Chaney
Mile 2,941, Sunday, headed out toward Detroit. Drove through Times Square this afternoon. I've always wanted to drive my truck and Airstream into New York City; now I have. We were escorted by the Port Authority, two motorcycle police officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. We went into Times Square, stopped for about 35-40 minutes, handed out 200 T-shirts, 200 hats, about 100 posters. Sat there and signed through the driver's window of my truck all that time. Took a whole lot of pictures and it kinda turned into a nice mini circus. It was good. It was pretty lively as you can see with the pictures.
New Yorkers are "can do" people, all in a hurry to get wherever they're goin', but as friendly as any people I've ever met once you get their attention, whether that's asking for directions or a police escort over the George Washington Bridge (because we couldn't travel through the tunnels with propane tanks on the trailer). I love that city. There is no other like it on the globe. It's as vital a place as there is.
Me and Merkin (my travelin' partner) are back on the road after a two-day rest, revived and alive, with more stories to remember, and lots of cool pics a comin'.
McConaughey's "Sahara" Stream Journals
Thursday, March 3, 7:15 a.m.
Listening to James McMurtry's Live in Aught-Three, Mishka, Dennis Brown (the one man Marley said has the perfect reggae voice), Gomez's Liquid Skin, and am presently reading a North American atlas.
Funniest banter from yesterday: Interviewer says to me, "You're not who I thought you'd be." I say back, "Who'd you think I was?" She says, "Someone different than you are." I said, "Wasn't me you were thinkin' of." As per discovering the meaning of life, it takes a lifetime. Sunrise.
Thursday, March 3, 6:22 p.m.
Big day today. Four hours of travel this morning to New York City, four interviews in the cab of my truck once we showed up at the Intrepid, ran to a photo shoot for three hours, returned to the Intrepid and went aboard to thank the servicemen and women, then received an American flag that flew above the Intrepid. I listened to some more extraordinary stories from some men and women who had just returned from Iraq. Spirits were high and sober at the same time. I was not only meeting the servicemen and women, but also their families — moms, dads, children, brothers and sisters. After an hour or so of meeting them all and talking with them, we went to the Intrepid's onboard theater and premiered "Sahara" for all of them. "Sahara" is the first major motion picture to screen aboard the Intrepid. Gonna sleep well tonight; good spirits abound.
Wednesday, March 2, 10:59 a.m.
Five inches of snow lies outside my open Airstream door here in a chilly Philly RV park outside of Jersey. Comin' out of the shower station at 8 a.m. this morning in my robe and Uggs carrying a cup of coffee, I was walking on the sidewalk, turning a corner, and suddenly my feet were above my head and I was on my ass in the snow. Hit a frozen patch and busted my ass! After noticing I hadn't broken any bones, I had to lie there in the snow for a moment and have a good laugh at myself, then get up and go make myself another cup of coffee in a new mug since the one I was carrying was shattered across the snow. Getting my snow legs back — gotta watch those slippery corners. Great way to greet the mornin' in two-sock weather. Woke up to five deer outside my window this morning. Suppose they had a laugh at me as well.
Tuesday, March 1, 9:41 a.m.
Good morning. Mile 2,762 here in Baltimore, Maryland, and we're in about six inches of snow, which reminds me one of the lessons learned from this trip. When you're packing your bags in 82 degrees Orlando and you're standing there, shirtless in flip flops and you know your going up north, but you look over there at your sweaters and your jacket and you're like, "Dude, I don't need those" — you're reminded when you get to Baltimore and its 30 degrees and you're in six inches of snow that even though just 48 hours ago you were in Orlando in your flip flops and shirtless, you should have packed your warm stuff.
Electrickery got us one more good time. Had our first breakdown on our arrival to Cherry Hill RV Park just south of here. Woke up about 6 o'clock the other night and found some local mechanics who came down and helped us get moving again. It was about four and a half, five hours sitting on the side of the road. Fixing the truck was one of those unexpected things we didn't plan on, and it was cold as sh--.
Went by the president's house. The flag was up, so he was in there. But I'm on a pretty tight schedule with what I got going, ya know, and he is too. So we didn't really stop in and spend any time together in D.C.
Tell you what else we ran into just south of here in Tennessee. Pulled over to a rest stop as it started to get cold and started to see some snow on the ground. Got out to have a little stretch and a little bang of the drums. Got my bongo out and played a little tune. Another truck had pulled over, some other cats. They were from I guess Tennessee or maybe West Virginia — anyway, one of them had a guitar and another one of them had a drum of their own. We had a nice little jam session for about 20 minutes at a roadside rest stop in Northern Tennessee under the blue skies and just a little bit of snow on the ground. It was a good way to warm up and an unexpected jam session.
Seen some characters, I'll tell you that. Ran into a couple of lovable drunks. He was about 50, she was about 19, at the local Applebee's. Not much of a story there besides sitting there and having a pretty good idea of what their relationship might be and how it started.
Had a great driver — had one of those classic drivers. He was like a limo driver. Picked us up. We tell him we want to eat and he was like, "I've got just the place. I've got just the place for you to eat." Great. Anyway, 10 minutes go by and he starts pulling down these dead-end roads. "Well, it's right over here somewhere. It's right over here somewhere." Another 10 minutes go by and we're driving around some warehouse district and he's like, "It's around here somewhere. It's just the place for you." And I'm like, "Fine, we've been driving for 25 minutes, man, and you're the one who brought up that you have just the place for me to eat but you don't know where it is?" And he said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, I mean it's over here somewhere, but I'm like all guys: I don't want to stop and ask for directions." And I'm like, "But you're the driver. You're the guy who came up with the idea of where the place is and why it's such a good idea and you don't know how to get there?" Anyway, called 411 about 15 minutes later and found it. We didn't even end up eating there. Pretty funny, the people you run into.
Andrews Air Force Base. All the dignitaries as well as Air Force One were present. Went by there the other night, introduced a screening, met some great people. That's the second military base I've been to. There are a couple of images that are pretty well sticking in my head. Seventeen-year-old kid, looking her in the eye, and one getting about ready to head off to Iraq. Was thinking about blowing up sh--, if you can imagine that. That was 18 years ago for me.
Last night we had a screening here at the Senator theater here in Baltimore. This was just a real reality check as far as what the troops are doing, and at least 10 guys and girls that have just returned from Iraq, every one of them had either lost a limb, had, you know, stuff on their shoulders, a hook for a hand, or in a wheelchair, and they were young. Man, they were young. Like 19, 20, 21, 22. And one thing was consistent: All of them had very, very high spirits. And all of them really had an attitude of 'Hey, I'm just taking it a day at a time.' That was inspiring to see their spirits so high. They weren't back going, 'Man, that sucked.' Or 'Man, what was I doing?' They were back and they were going, 'Yeah, it sucked and I wish I hadn't lost a limb.' Told me how and why. Most of them were from landmines in Iraq. But to look in a 20-year-old kid's eye who's been off to war, lost a limb, is now back, and rehabilitating ... saw some pretty sober, sober eyes last night. Talk about some real life hitting you at an early age. That was a real reality check last night. Nice to be down there and say thanks and thank you to them.
Like I said earlier, we've got a lot of snow. Been doing interviews in RV parks. Couldn't go in an RV park last night because it was snowed out and in about eight inches of snow there and the Airstream got bogged down. So we pulled into the alley outside our little hotel in downtown Baltimore. And we're getting back on the road today. Going to head to Philadelphia. Been doing all the interviews out in snow. It's been actually a nice kick in the ass. It's been fun. Haven't seen snow in a couple of years. Anyway, so we're rolling on and that's some stories from my trip at mile 2,762.
Tuesday, March 1, 11:32 a.m.
I just had a funny little incident. Sitting out here in the alley in Baltimore, we got snowed out of the RV park, so we stayed in the Marriott last night. Anyway, I'm out here in the alley sitting in my truck getting ready to go do some interviews down at the Senator theater, and I notice what looks to be like a little paparazzi down the street with a long lens, like hiding behind a truck, you know, taking pictures of me over here and some people I was talking to. And I just had to yell out to him, "Hey, man, you don't have to hide. Don't trip for me, man. Get rid of the long lens, get your 15 mm and you can come up close. I'm really not hiding out and you don't need to sneak around. You don't need to break a sweat. If paparazzi want to get a shot of me, I'm pretty available." Anyway I just thought that was kind of funny. He laughed. He didn't really come up. He took some more shots from there, but I kinda busted his bubble. I don't think they're usually used to that. It was kinda funny.
Saturday, February 26, 10:59 a.m.
Mile 2,222. Heading into Virginia, leaving Tennessee. Beautiful rolling hills. A lot of bluegrass on the AM radio. Good hospitality. It's getting chilly — about 43 degrees right now. Trip's going good. We've got about 500 more miles to go today, but it's a great day to be driving. Blue sky, sun's out — it's kinda crispy. Everything's going good.
We had our first sort of electrical malfunction in my truck. Big sparks and flames just flew out the bottom of the steering wheel. But the truck's still got gas in it, the steering column works, so basically we're OK. Just had a little electricity trouble, or, in the immortal words of Captain Paul Johnston, who we met the other day at the truck stop — he's a sailor, and he actually holds the world record for sailing in an 18 ft. rowboat, only sail he's been on, across the Atlantic, 28,000 miles by himself. He holds the record for smallest boat sailed across the Atlantic by one single man. In the immortal words of this man, Captain Paul Johnston, "not electricity, electrickery." Can you explain electricity? It may be the one thing you cannot explain. We've got electrickery trouble. Electrickery trouble again. But we're going to be just fine.
That's my update for the morning. Meeting characters like Paul Johnston at a truck stop, you know? I guess he sails the ocean and that's kinda what we're doing, with a land yacht behind me. We're cruising down the rivers of America on the asphalt. Wish us luck with the electricity. Later.
Friday, February 25, 10:27 a.m.
Mile 1,791. Approaching Nashville, Tennessee, on I-75. Sun shining. We got cold and wet back there in Atlanta but had a great time in a great town. Some great people. Never knew Atlanta was as cool as it was. Very cool place. Heading to a KOA park here outside of Nashville.
Had a good screening last night for a lot of kids from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. Talked to a few radio stations this morning. The response was really cool last night, people liked the movie. The women liked it, the guys were digging it, and I think we'll get some good word of mouth. It's pretty much a trip sorta turning out like I expected it. The mobility of going town to town, new people, new places is really making this exciting and fresh and not sort of repetitious.
If I was talking about "Sahara" or doing shows or going to the same military base or going to the same place and getting asked the same questions all the time it'd become a little more tedious, but it's a new place, a new face, and doing interviews out at the RV park, at the side of a lake, swinging over to a military base or hopping down, shooting hoops with Charles Barkley or swinging the bat with Chipper Jones. Grand marshalling Daytona, running down to the CNN Center and hopping in doing Headline News.
There are a lot of people that are really interested in the road trip. They are starting to see this RV living, this camping out and stuff, is not downsizing. It's actually a really great way to see the country and a great way to live — not that I don't like five-star hotels as well.
Weather's been good except for there in Atlanta where it was cold and rainy. Had a few barbecues, met some great people along the way at RV parks. Every time we pull over and get gas, we meet new truckers and new people at a truck stop where people are seeing the Airstream "Sahara" billboard. From people pulling up to the side of us while we're driving down the highway, honking and giving us thumbs up, to every truck stop we pull into, people coming out, seeing the trailer, even if they've heard about the movie or haven't, and they see me and notice me, talk to me. They say, "Hey, can I get one of those hats and T-shirts?" Were handing out hats and T-shirts. It's pretty exciting.
It's like selling a movie from the inside out is really what it is. 'Cause you can do all that press back in Los Angeles or New York and the interview that goes out to me and the people but you don't really see the faces. You don't get the particular and peculiar and cool questions that I've been getting, whether it's the attendant at the gas station or whether it's the neighbor at the RV park or it's someone that walks down and hands you a hot dog off the grill — everyone from people from 2 to 88 years old. And it's just really cool meeting the people out here.
Most everyone that travels, and obviously if you're staying in an RV park you're traveling, there's really a sense of independence about it. Most people that I run into call themselves lifers, meaning that they live in an RV full-time. Every single one that I run into is like, "Boy, if we would have figured out that this is the way to do it, a way to live life earlier, we would have do it." It's a very cool subculture, those who travel and stay in parks.
We're on the end of the first week, and we've got five weeks to go. Were going to head up to Nashville, gonna make our way around New York and going to go to San Diego and make our way to Los Angeles. From the premiere there, head to Austin, which is where I began. We have a premiere there and I don't know how many miles I've gone, we'll have had a long trek by then so we got good traction. We'll get people coming out to the movie on April the 8th 'cause it's worth seeing.
I know we're going to hit some cold weather up there but we'll see. We'll see how much time and miles we have under our belts if we hit sleet and snow and stuff. We are taking our time along the road here. Been driving along I-75; it's a good lookin' morning. Looking forward to the rest stop. Sorta feels like a song is what it's turning out to be. It's going well; it's got nice rhythm to it. Pretty busy, but it's at a real nice pace.
Matthew McConaughey named Grand Marshal for Daytona 500
Actor Matthew McConaughey, who will star in the soon-to-be-released Paramount Pictures movie Sahara, has been named Grand Marshal for the 47th edition of The Daytona 500.
The "Great American Race" is scheduled to run on Sunday, Feb. 20. has starred in more than 30 films including popular releases such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, A Time to Kill, Contact and The Wedding Planner,
McConaughey will give the command "Drivers, start your engines" in NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious stock car race in the world. His Grand Marshal duties also include leading the 43-car field in the pace laps from the Grand Marshal pace car.
"The stars we have coming to the Daytona 500 get bigger and bigger each year," said Speedway President Robin Braig. "We're excited to have Matthew take part in Daytona 500 pre-race festivities to help kick off what will be an exciting 2005 season."
Based on a Clive Cussler bestseller, Sahara is a modern action-adventure story of NUMA agent (National Underwater Marine Agency) and master explorer, Dirk Pitt (McConaughey), who discovers that thousands of North Africans are being driven mad by something polluting the water. If unchecked, the entire world population could be threatened.
McConaughey continues the tradition of high-profile celebrities, athletes and politicians that have participated in or attended the Daytona 500, NASCAR's annual season-opening event for its premier racing series.
President George Bush showed up at the 2004 Daytona 500 in which actor, director and writer Ben Affleck served as Grand Marshal. International superstar actor John Travolta served as Grand Marshal in the 2003 Daytona 500 to joining a list of esteemed past Grand Marshals including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Jim Kelly.
LeAnn Rimes sang the national anthem during the pre-race festivities for the 2004 Daytona 500 and Mariah Carey, the biggest selling female pop artist of all time, sang the 2003 Anthem.
Celebrities such as former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, American Idol judge Randy Jackson and action movie star Vin Diesel all have attended NASCAR's most watched race.
Matthew McConaughey wants to wed Penelope Cruz!
Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey is reportedly all set to propose to Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz.
The actor, who met Cruz on the sets of the movie 'Sahara', has asked her father for her hand in marriage, reports Femalefirst.
After splitting from Tom Cruise last year Penelope, began dating Matthew, when he supported her during her father's illness. Although the actress has confessed to their relationship, she explained that there were no steamy scenes between the two in the movie. "'Sahara' reminds me a lot of the Indiana Jones movies. I play a scientist and, believe me, there is a lot of action! Penelope was quoted by the Daily Express as saying.
"But we don't have any love scenes, sorry! There's one scene at the beach that's romantic, but no love scenes unfortunately," she added.
Matthew McConaughey Talks About "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in Paramount Pictures' adorable romantic comedy, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." In the film, McConaughey plays Benjamin Barry, an advertising executive who has a reputation as a lady-killer. Accepting a high-stakes bet with his boss and two female co-workers, Benjamin must get a woman to fall in love with him in just 10 days, or lose out on his chance to work on a huge advertising account. Unbeknownst to him, the woman his co-workers select for him to woe has a mission of her own. While he tries to win her over, she does everything in her power to make him dump her.
Matthew McConaughey recently sat down to talk about the movie, and since the film is all about love, McConaughey addressed a few questions regarding his own personal ideas of love and romance.
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY ('Benjamin')
Are you as confident as this character?
I've always been comfortable with women. Since [I was] young, around my mother and father, pop always talked to us, sat us down early with the birds and bees, [and talked] about respect for a woman. I remember him telling us just as we were getting to be 13 and dates started to happen, I remember him saying, "If you ever sense that a woman is even the slightest bit uncomfortable with anything that you're doing, whether it's a kiss or just physically being close, they're not going to say it. You'll be able to tell long before [anything's said]. Trust that sense of being able to tell if they're slightly uncomfortable and stop then. Any time you ever get intimate it should be both people wanting it just as much. Never, ever try to force or push a woman into doing anything." That was early on, [I was] 13 years old, and I remember at the lake house having that talk.
I do love women. Ben loves women. That was a great perspective of his that he believed and that I buy. Part of that's not objectifying them. Ben does it in that line where he says, "Well, that sounds cocky." No, it's confident. Why? Because, like he says, "Whether they're eight years old, 35 years old or my 88-year-old grandmother, I love women. Mother nature, mermaids, the white buffalo. All women." It's a wonderful man. One that we're never going to figure out. That's for damn sure.
How was your experience working with Kate Hudson?
Here's my favorite thing about Kate. Number one, I saw her in "Almost Famous," I thought she was just adorably divine in that. We met for five minutes and it was obvious in the first five minutes that there's a lot of potential for us to have great chemistry. We have similar senses of humor. That's a biggie. Two, she's got that good mix of part hippie, but she also loves her blue ribbons. So, she's very ambitious as well. She's comfortable with her sexuality. She's 23 so she's like this young girl and she's very girly but at the same time, she's got some very mature, womanly ways. Those are great mixes. Plus, she's a fine actress.
Keeping in line with the movie's theme, how could a guy lose a girl?
It's not the exact same. It's all a version of coming on too strong. You girls have probably all met guys who came on too strong before anything naturally evolved, and nobody likes being on the receiving end of that. But then a guy, the other joke is a guy can get probably a little more crude a little quicker, be a little less couth, but that would be for comedy's sake if you're trying to lose somebody. I don't know. What could guys do if you're trying to lose [them]? I'm not one for sending the FAX over to break-up. I'm not one to send a phone call. I'd rather go sit down in person, and those sit downs can suck. But afterwards, you both feel a lot better that at least you sat down in person and did it. And break-ups suck. What's that line in the movie? "Yeah, it sucks. That's why they call it breaking up."
Ben finds personal items suddenly appearing in his bathroom. If you found tampons in your cabinet, would you freak?
Personally, items like that that are like necessities, don't really bug me or make me squirm. It's the fact that they show up uninvited.
But isn't it a loving gesture?
That's what I mean. You don't come in and invite yourself to loving gestures. That's the great part, courtship, and men and women getting together. They get to invite each other. That's fun. I've had somebody take a drawer, [somebody] took the liberty of trying to take a drawer. It's my drawer until I invite you by saying, "Would you like to have the drawer?" And especially early in a relationship.
What about calling?
That's a pretty good one. Call, click. Now you've got Caller ID so people know better than to do that, but then they can block a number. But then you're going, "Well, who else would be calling and clicking, calling and clicking?" Then you get the call and it was the same [number] that's blocked again. I've got one blocked call in the last three days and now I pick it up and it's you, what's going on? If you've got somebody that's a little overanxious? Yeah, I get a little bit spooked.
What about girls making the first move?
How about kissing you first?
Girls kissing you first? You can do that. Part of it is not thinking of it as a move. If it's going to work, the girl's going to move in to kiss you, usually it's going to work. You're looking forward to the kiss or she beat you to it by a second or two. But, if you don't want the kiss and they make the first move, then it's not a great first move. Usually, your spider sense, it's your pheromones, you smell that coming and you can't wait for it to happen. Usually, you know you're about to kiss if you both want it, long before you kiss. Just the way you move through a room. I think our mammal senses can tell that.
How about girls asking you out?
I prefer to ask them out. I also prefer to call them.
What do you do that's romantic?
Let me tell you about Valentine's Day. I call it the trifecta. It has been a Bermuda Triangle before and that's called Christmas, New Years and Valentine's Day. If a man and a woman can make it through that trifecta, the rest of the year is butter.
You made it one time?
I made it a few times, and it wasn't easy.
Why do guys hate Valentine's Day?
Because you all pump it up so big. Here's what it is: If you're out and you see some great gift that just reminds you of your woman, and you get it for her, and it's just Tuesday and you get her this great gift on Tuesday, because I know I'm not one for saving it up, like, "Ooh, I'm going to save this for her birthday." All of a sudden, [the] birthday comes up or a holiday comes up a month later and you feel like you've got to top that gift that you gave just on a Tuesday. So, if you give a puppy on a Tuesday, you're in trouble come [her] birthday or Valentine's Day. You can paint yourself into a corner with that.
Jewelry's always good.
See, I'm not a big jewelry guy. I like doing something, finding out a little something about a woman, about what they really want to do, and set up things in front of them that are just enough to get them to where they want to go or what they want to do.
What's the most romantic thing you've ever done?
I'm not a huge "send 100 roses over" kind of thing. I'd send a huge bowl of those Cyperus Papyrus' out there - those ponytails out there - for the garden. That's what I would do before I send a huge bouquet. I'd send a big 10 foot string of Jasmine Vine that would go somewhere in the garden before I would send a place setting that's going to die in a week. I'd rather have something that they could plant, keep it there, and whether we're together or not, 10 years from now, that plant's grown.
I'm not much on the 'direct' romantic. I'm not much on moves or lines or things like that, but I love to cook. It's a great comfortable place that I find to get to know somebody, [to] have a date over to my house and cook. It's a great place for conversation. I love conversation in the kitchen. I love having that one thing that I get to do, cooking while you're there. It makes the conversation easier than just sitting down, two people sitting in front of each other and having to talk. You get to cook, you get to sip on some wine, you get to move around, you get to bring stuff up, listen to some music. It makes it very easy.
Do men really hate the "what are you thinking" thing?
Every woman's done that. You get 20 good minutes of silence when you're just sitting there, on a road trip, you're driving somewhere and you're just enjoying the road. You haven't really thought about anything. You're just watching the movie, you're just sitting there reading a book on the other end of the couch, and all of a sudden, we always feel it before you ask, "What are you thinking?" Then what do we do? Our mind starts spinning. We start thinking, "What am I thinking? What was I thinking? I wasn't thinking about nothing." And then all of a sudden they go, "Okay." And we go, "Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. What are you talking about?" And all of a sudden, there it gets the ball rolling.
So are fighting dragons like in "Reign of Fire" easier than dealing with women?
Of course, man. Dragons you know. Dragons are simple. They're in the sky, bang, bring them down to the ground, simple. Women, man, we're never going to figure you all out. I think if we can enjoy trying to figure you all out, that's the ticket. Forget trying to figure you all out - it's impossible.
Is it more difficult when you're famous? What about dating other famous people?
That's a whole other sit-down. I guess what can be an odd thing is if you're famous and the other person's not. That other person comes in, however much they believe it or not, they already sort of have a bio, just like us sitting down here. I don't know any of you all but you already have somewhat of a sense of who I am, or who you think I am. How much of that's true or not? I don't know. But, what happens is it's very hard to have that courtship. The great part about the courtship is it's two strangers. It starts off with, "Hey, what's your name?" It's a great place to start. So, a lot of times a relationship with someone like me could start with, "So, how's Ms. Hudd?" I'm going, "Wait a minute. How did you know I had a dog? How did you know her name was Ms. Hudd?" You're already asking about the dog. What happened to, "What do you do?" That can be kind of funky and funny.
Is it possible to have privacy with tabloids following you around?
It's not impossible. It probably used to be. I used to think it was a little more weird, but now, I pretty much take more the prescription of I like what I'm doing. I like whoever I'm spending time with, so if I'm going out, that's part of going out. Someone's there when we walk out the door. It's part of it. If I don't like that, [then I] don't go out. So instead of fighting it, going, "God, I can't believe, what are they doing? I can't believe this long shot through the window. Get a life." Whatever it is, fighting it is ridiculous and that's part of why I enjoy Hollywood a lot more now than I used to. Not just that, but the entire business, you've got to get the joke. Get it and sort of go with it instead of fight it. Or, if you don't really like it, if it really, really bothers you that much, don't go out. Or, rent an entire place out and take three bodyguards to stand out front and have a back entrance.
Are you more relaxed about it now?
Like I said, I enjoy it. I don't know if part of it's - just whether I was doing this or not - you grow older. 33 years old feels cool.
Have you come to terms with stardom?
Absolutely. More so than bothering me, you've got to figure it out and when it's happening. There's no explaining to somebody, "Here's what you do when this happens." To do it, you have to experience it yourself and when you're experienced, you can't be objective and sit here and go, "Hmm." Just like anyone in here, if you fall in love this afternoon, or if anyone in here gets a call from someone in their family who says, "We had a death in the family," when it happens, you can't sit there and objectify it. When you're the subject, you can't really get outside yourself and say, "Here's the best way to handle it," because you're experiencing it. Only with time can you really look at it and go, "Oh, now I understand what that is."
How do you see your career?
I'm mixing it up, man. I'm enjoying it. I'm doing it on purpose, mixing it up. That's been the only rule I've had is to keep trying to surprise myself and keep mixing it up.