ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Nobody ever wants to receive the news that someone they know has died, but the circumstances under which Matthew McConaughey learned about his former colleague Sam Shepard's death were particularly jarring.

The 47-year-old actor — who worked alongside Shepard in 2012's Mud — was on the red carpet for his upcoming movie Dark Tower when an Associated Press reporter asked him how he felt about Sam's death. A visibly shocked McConaughey responded by simply asking:

"Sam Shepard moved on?"

Sam Shepard in 'Mud' [Credit: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions]
Sam Shepard in 'Mud' [Credit: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions]

After it was confirmed that had indeed passed away, gave an impromptu eulogy, drawing on the pair's past experiences together:

"Look, I’m not going to trivialize that situation, I just heard about it for the first time, but I always told [director] Jeff Nichols this, look in ‘Mud,’ the whole trailer for ‘Mud’ could be Sam Shepard sitting in that green chair telling the boy about who Mud is. It would be about a two-and-a-half minute trailer, but it would have been really badass."

McConaughey appeared to still be processing the news of Sam's death when he ended his short tribute by saying:

“We lost one of the great ones. Great writer, great mind. Alright, see you in the next one, Sam.”

Sam Shepard died on Thursday due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73 years old.

For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Shepard won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1979 play Buried Child. Along with being a talented writer, Shepard excelled at acting and he was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in 1983's The Right Stuff.

(Source: Variety)


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