The line between Matthew McConaughey the person and Matthew McConaughey the parody is getting blurrier and blurrier, and it was very evident at the American Cinematheque Gala on Tuesday night. The gala, which honors an actor every year for his or her achievement in film, chose to celebrate McConaughey for his 22-year (and counting) career.
According to Variety, the night was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who joked about the bro-tastic actor’s preeminence in the romantic-comedy genre, while friends and cohorts like Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Woody Harrelson, and Sandra Bullock teased McConaughey and his “Alright, alright, alright” persona.
However, no one could top McConaughey’s speech, as he delved out life lessons he learned from years on the job.
According to Variety, McConaughey talked about the money factor in his varied film career, saying, “No. 1: The same script with $10 million attached is funnier than the same script with $1 million attached to it.” McConaughey also said he’d learned the importance of preparing for film roles—a far cry from earlier in his career when he chose to wing it most of the time until he realized he’d agreed to do a “two-page monologue in Spanish.”
The gala showed highlights from McConaughey’s career, including clips from the highly-anticipated space epic, Interstellar. At the end, Kimmel, director Christopher Nolan, and McConaughey shared a round of Miller Lites.