Script made Matthew McConaughey sick

Matthew McConaughey is playing a hit man in the upcoming film Killer Joe, but he almost turned down the role. “[The plotline] made me sick. I didn’t like it at all. I felt it was gross. I wanted to get a steel brush and clean myself off,” said McConaughey to British newspaper The Guardian. “But afterwards I called up someone I work with, who had read it simultaneously, and they tapped me into looking at it a different way. Then [director William] Friedkin talked to me about how absurdly funny he thought [writer] Tracy Letts was, so I reread it and it clicked.” The 42-year-old actor explained why he’s been taking a break from his traditional romantic comedy roles and has appeared in movies such as The Lincoln Lawyer, The Paperboy and Magic Mike. “Romcoms are hard in a lot of ways: they’re built to be buoyant. It’s easy to demean them. I did a few romantic comedies. I enjoyed them. They paid well and they were fun,” said McConaughey. “I didn’t know if I wanted to do any more. I decided to sit out, and I had to endure for a while. Another one comes with a big old paycheck; I had to say no. I was looking for something to be turned on by.” ~Graeme Mollison

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  1. Rita • July 3, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

    If an actor can’t stand the role and he/she acts the script in bits and pieces; please just imagine what the audience has to do. Pay hard-earned money to see it and we could never get it back Plus our time and the actor gets part of it. Plus we sit in the show watching the entire movie being more grossed out. The actors just have to act their parts, but we sit and watch it by its being acted as if it was real. We also Don’t know if there is going to be a little or some amount of gruesomeness etc. in it. Plus we don’t get paid to watch it either. But we can always walk out of the movie and do something a lot more Positive! I rarely do myself.

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