ByAnne Parsons, writer at
Anne Parsons

Like the athlete brought the dizzying heights of Olympic gold, what's next for an Oscar-winning actor to achieve? Especially for an actor who's come full circle like Matthew McConaughey?

This is a man whose career has already had a host of dizzying highs, terrifying lows and creamy middles. He started off well, with Dazed and Confused, A Time to Kill and EdTV. It didn't really continue like that, as he took took one hunky role after the next, in films such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and Failure to Launch. If you could draw a graph of McConaughey's career achievements, there would be more zig-zags than a Missoni print. One thing's for sure, there would be one giant gaping trough around Ghost of Girlfriend's Past. It's like things couldn't get any worse, and they didn't, thankfully.

He went from this:

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

To this:

Rust Cohle in True Detective
Rust Cohle in True Detective

McConaughey began trending upwards with The Lincoln Lawyer, a Linklater film that began to reestablish his acting credentials. He continued the trend with a series of fantastic turns in films including Bernie, The Paperboy, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Somehow, I don't think McConaughey's Oscar elation will turn into weary disillusionment. He has never seemed to take himself too seriously, and this is probably the key to his success. Sure, he breezed through the noughties as the ultimate rom-com himbo, even being named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2005. But that's not something we berate him for, because he sure as anything, looked like he was enjoying himself. Talking about his transition in recent interviews, he insists that he wasn't looking for credibility: he was just plain bored. And it looks like he's not slowing down either.

What's coming up for the well-deserved Oscar winner?

Well his role as Rust Cohle in HBO drama True Detective wraps up on Sunday night, unfortunately. If you haven't started watching it, get on that immediately.

He’ll star in Christopher Nolan's (Dark Knight) fall blockbuster Interstellar. This space-traveling sci-fi drama is going to be huge, and he stars alongside Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.

TheWrap reports McConaughey will continue his trend of serious roles. He’s signed on to Gus Van Sant’s existential Sea of Trees, which is about a man who goes to kill himself in Mount Fuji’s “suicide forest” before running into a man that makes him re-evaluate his life.

AND word has it that Magic Mike is going to have a sequel.


(Source: Washington Post and Giphy and TheWrap


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