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Matthew McConaughey Talks 'Gold,' Unbranding and New Twists in a Singular Career
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Matthew McConaughey Talks ‘Gold,’ Unbranding and New Twists in a Singular Career

It’s hard to believe now, but for a while Matthew McConaughey made a lot of people nervous about where he might be bound. After his big-screen debut as a charismatic horn-dog stoner in the 1993 indie classic Dazed and Confused, McConaughey got the big Hollywood leading-man buildup with the 1996 legal thriller A Time to Kill, with Sandra Bullock, and the 1997 space drama Contact, opposite Jodie Foster. Inviting comparisons to golden-era golden boys Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Robert Redford, the young Texas native got pegged by entertainment mavens as the new kid in town, out to crush the then hot movie crop of wafer-thin, feather-haired man-children. Then a 1999 police bust found him dancing naked and playing bongos while seemingly high. Meanwhile, better roles in better movies kept going to other guys. By the 2010s, despite the occasional prestige project (see Amistad, The Newton Boys, We Are Marshall), he had spent a decade charming Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson and…

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