Matthew McConaughey: ‘I still play the congas naked. I just close the windows’

Matthew McConaughey

I know this post won’t get a ton of love because Matthew McConaughey is the killer of all gossip-related conversation around here. Pffft, I still adore him. Matty has been honored by GQ as leading man of the year (as opposed to whiny Justin Timberlake’s status as GQ’s #hashtag of the year). Unlike JT, Matty’s up for some serious Oscar consideration with his roles in Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street. So sure … Matthew McConaughey makes a great leading man of the year. It’s about damn time he got some recognition beyond being the dude who did yoga outside for years. More on that later.

This interview is pretty amusing. Matty speaks from inside his beloved Airstream trailer. He talks about how he only recently realized people saw him as such a laid back dude. You know, a brah. He speaks of his subsequent desire to get serious again with his acting. Remember when he was in really great movies like A Time To Kill and Contact? That seems like a lifetime ago, and Matthew’s ready to get back to that caliber. Don’t think for a moment that he regrets all those romcoms though. Never!

On people’s perception of him: McConaughey says he had “no frequency of his conception” until recently. “Now I get it. Outdoors, shirtless on the beach, does a lot of rom-coms, girlfriend loves him, good-looking. It’s like he rolls out of bed and shows up and makes it look easy.”

He won’t trash his romcom streak: “I was enjoying myself. My relationship with acting was fine. But like in any relationship, you need to shake things up. It didn’t mean what we’d been doing was less than. I just wanted a charge. Like, ‘Let’s throw a spark into this.'”

Hel-lo ladies: “Of course I still play the congas naked. I just close the windows.”

On being selfish: “I got much more selfish. I’m a fan of the word selfish. Self. Ish,” he repeats, drawing it out. “When I say I have gotten a lot more self-ish, I mean I am less concerned with what people think of me. I’m not worried about how I’m perceived. Selfish has always gotten a bad rap. You should do for you. I wanted new experiences.”

His collection of personal aphorisms, truths, and rap lyrics: “I got 821 of them,” he says, nodding toward a slim laptop containing “aphorisms, bumper stickers, truths, and rhymes,” many of which he has come up with himself. Lately he has been writing bits of rap songs. Rollin’ through yellow lights on my skateboard, he speak-sings. Kiss the fire and walk away whistlin'”

He accepted a wrestling challenge in an African village: “So there I was in this little village on the Niger River.” Matthew McConaughey is talking about a trip he took a few years ago, one of the walkabouts he is fond of going on whenever the Hollywood air gets too rarefied. “Word had gotten out that there was a strong white man, a boxer. So I’m lying there outside, stretchin,’ when I hear these young male voices, and it sounded like they were talking sh-t,” he says. He asked his guide to translate: “They saying they are champion of the village wrestlers, and they want to wrestle Strong White Man,” he says, transitioning into a sort of Tarzan accent. “And all of a sudden, the volume of the crowd comes up, like, two decibels. And I look up, and there’s a huge guy wearing, like, a burlap sack. He looks at me, and he points to his chest.” McConaughey points to his famous pecs, peeking out of his white V-neck like a pair of toasted dinner rolls. “Then he points at me. Then he points over there to a sandpit. And my heart is going babababababababa. But my brain is going, ‘You have to, dude.’ So I go and get in the sandpit. I’m barefoot, no shirt; he’s barefoot, no shirt. I don’t know the rules, but I am about to find out.”

Woody Harrelson on McConaughey: “Matthew is a divisive figure in Hollywood. I have found myself defending him to people who don’t really know him, who for some reason feel very antagonistically toward him. He’s a good guy, he’s great-looking, has a perfect body, his career’s through the roof. People resented that, and the way they justified it is, ‘He has never done a movie of substance.’ They can’t say that anymore.”


The wrestling story is kind of creepy. McConaughey never mentions who won the match, but it was probably the other guy. Who knows — the story might not even be true. It could just be a figment of his pot-addled imagination. Is he really writing rap lyrics? Rap and naked bongos could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

I had some fun digging through the Celebitchy archives from Matthew’s endless summer of public exercising. From 2005 to 2007, the dude was always striking a shirtless pose. I miss those days. He looked like he was having so much fun.


Matthew McConaughey: Beach Guru


Photos courtesy of Splash News, BauerGriffinOnline & GQ

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  1. Snazzy says:

    Is it bad that he is one of my forever dongs? As insane as it seems, I do love this guy – even in his RomCom phase!

    • Leigh says:

      Same ways.
      Will forever love MM. His drawl gets me every time…

    • Dhavynia says:

      No..he’s always been in my top 5 no shame on admitting it

    • mia girl says:

      Well, while I like his serious roles, is it bad to say that I especially like his rom-coms?
      They are all so dumb, but his charm draws me in every time. I even like that one with the past girlfriends.

    • Snazzy says:

      Awwwww thanks!! I’m glad I’m not alone out there!!

    • Nev says:


    • Jillian says:

      No shame here. I feel the same way. His rom-coms were watchable simply because he was in them. He could take any source material and make it seem suave. He’s just got that kind of energy about him. I’m glad he’s doing so well now, hopefully he gets an oscar nod this year…

  2. Frida_K says:

    I do love his Texas accent and think that yes, he’d be fun in the hay.

  3. mk says:

    His pecs… ‘peeking’ up out of his shirt… like TOASTED DINNER ROLLS???? This trick should get a job writing the rest of the 50 Shades of Lame series.

    • Melissabee says:

      Perfect comment! “Dinner rolls?” Seriously? As a writer that’s the best he could do? Smh

    • Belle says:

      +2 The dinner roll thing was hilarious… I actually had to read it again, wondering if MM said that about himself, or the writer of the article did. LOL

  4. Lark says:

    I love him. Enough said.

  5. Rhiley says:

    I don’t dislike him by any means. His is one of the best voices in the Hollyhood. But it seems like he has done something really weird to his face. His hairline seems kind of off too. I am not sure if he has had a lower facelift or if he just hasn’t gained all the weight he lost for the DBC back and his face looks really hollow.

    • T.C. says:

      It’s the rapid weight loss. Changed his face.

      • Belle says:

        Agree about the weight loss… it also seems that he lost the weight at the exact same time that some noticeable aging took place… if that makes sense? I know, the weight loss aged him… but I think he was at a point where Father Time was knocking him upside the head a bit as well. Without that rapid (and severe) weight loss, I think he would have weathered the Father Time beating quite well… but as it is, not so much… even if he gains more weight.

        Sad. I used to really like the guy… and I still enjoy many of his older movies. Since the weight loss though, he just seems… skeezy. 🙁 He’s always oily and… *sigh* just not the same. I can’t help but picture him as his Magic Mike character… which is just gross.

        I still like him, and think he’s an original, charismatic guy… with sexy accent and voice. If he showered and smelled nice, I wouldn’t turn him down. Seems like he would be well above average in bed…

  6. carol says:

    isn’t he the same guy that doesnt wear deodorant because ‘a man should smell like a man’? :/

    • Belle says:

      Well, there goes that… LOL I just posted above before reading your comment. MM has definitely lost his hotness, IMO. He is probably still very charming… has a panty-dropping southern drawl, and likely knows very well what to do once said panties drop. Dude would have to smell decent though… or… no.

  7. Dotty says:

    I’m “meh” on him, but am horrified to see skinny ties again!!

  8. Christin says:

    I like him, addled or not. He seems to be a nice guy who lives to the beat of his own bongo.

    Someone I know was friends with him in high school and they have nothing bad to say about him. A few years ago, he drove himself around the country in his Airstream, and stopped in the area for a quick break along the way. The people who met him described him as down to earth and friendly.

  9. Abby says:

    I freaking love him. And he’s got one of the hottest voices in Hollywood–love that he even does Reliant Energy commercials. He does a great interview–so off the wall.

  10. Jayna says:

    I love that he is being choosy on roles again. He is fantastic in Lincoln Lawyer. I can’t wait to see his new movie where he has AIDS, based on a true story.

    He seems to have a great marriage. They go and set up home wherever his movie is. She said one day he was going to turn down a role he really wanted because he had done movies back to back and it wasn’t fair to the family. She told him this was important to him, to take it, and they would make it work. They seem well-matched as a couple.

  11. GlimmerBunny says:

    I used to hate him, but “Magic Mike” made me a fan. I hope he gets nominated for the Oscar, he was definitely snubbed last year!

  12. Jayna says:

    Remember when he lived in that silver Airstream in a mobile home park oceanside in Malibu for several years? I loved that about him. He had his picnic table outside of it and surfboard propped up against it. Camilla even moved in with him. She seems to have an adventuresome spirit too.

  13. mommak918 says:

    MM is a great man. He is very loved in Austin where he frequents the Longhorn games. He is also seen a lot running the trails around the lake. Always kind, down to earth and a gentleman. He is not your typical-Hollywood man.

    Let the man play his congas naked!

    We need more men like Matthew 😉

    • Jayna says:

      Austin sounds so amazing. Everyone loves it who has been there I know.

      • mommak918 says:

        @janya, yes Austin is a great city. Very blessed to live here.. laid-back, great music city, great food, great fitness city, we have the Longhorns here 😉 great outdoor, lots to do….

        Our only downfall is that so many people have been moving here our city cant keep up with the road demands so traffic is a new-ish issue. But otherwise, I dont think many places can beat what Austin has!

    • Dana M says:

      He is such a kind man. We both frequent a “spot ” in austin. He always says hello first and asks how are you doing. Not a Hollywood snob at all. (Opposite of Dont make eye contact with me JLo).

  14. Relli says:

    I just got around to watching Magic Mike, which was ok, but when he walked out on stage in chaps and his bongo I totally lost my shit! Love MM because as someone stated above he moves to his own beat.

  15. davidbowie says:

    I love the story about him losing one of his favorite sandals in Costa Rica and drunkenly looking for it. Hook ’em Horns, Matty!

  16. Lucybelle says:

    He’s so hot. I love his Texas drawl. Hate that awful skinny tie though.
    My favorite role of his was Wooderson in Dazed and Confused. “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Classic!

  17. LadySlippers says:

    Let’s nominate him for Seciest Man Alive. He’s better than what’s being offered (I still love the idea of it being Chiwetel though).

  18. Nev says:



  19. serena says:

    I agree that he needs more love, and by that I mean he needs to win some amazing award. I’m up for it, so I hope they’ll give him the recognizon he deserves.
    Good thing he stopped with the romcoms thou.

  20. Apples says:

    Yeah, I don’t think he’s as vacuous as people assume given his dedication to his looks/body.

    On vacation, I read my dad’s beach read book Clive Cussler’s, “Sahara” years ago. McConaughey later bought the rights and produced the movie by the same name. He was very good in a role in which I initially couldn’t see anyone in Hollywood doing justice. Because I’m a (closet) geek I watched the movie again with the Director’s commentary. McConaughey was also on their as a Producer and surprised me with how relatively serious and focused he was on the project and discussing the film. The young (yay, Disney nepotism) Director was another matter- in my opinion, he ruined what could have been a light and fluffy, summer popcorn movie. My point, I think there is more to McConaughey than people think in front of, and behind the camera and I am very curious to see what he does in the future. ps. Steve Zahn was also in that movie and his ad lib lines were hilarious 🙂

  21. manta says:

    About the Harrelson quote on people justifying their dislike by ‘He has never done a movie of substance.’
    Were these people not born in the 90’s? The films that made me aware of McConaughey were Lone Star, A time to kill, Amistad or Ed Tv, not exactly vacant pictures.
    And he was so brilliantly creepy in Killer Joe last year. I’m still reeling from that one.

  22. Tiffany says:

    I remember the incident with the naked bongos and the pot smoking. That was a huge story for some reason. He was in his own home and was really disturbing no one, right? I am at a loss of what went down.

  23. Happy21 says:

    He is wonderful in so many ways! Wonderful to look at, wonderful to listen to and wonderful to watch. I love him and have zero shame in that. He’s probably my fave actor.

    Anyone know when Dallas Buyers Club opens to the masses? I’ve been keeping my eye on the coming soon movies in my area and NOTHING. I need to see this movie!!!

  24. G says:

    I love him! I used to call him Matthew McConaugheeeeeeyyyyyy, the name stuck some of my friends still refer to him like that. He seems like he would be a great guy to hang out and get f*up with, you know he has some great stories. He went on Howard Stern and said his dad passed away while making love to his mom. Robin said when he said hello to her and kissed her hand she melted. I believe they call his brother Rooster, not sure if it’s his nickname or given name.

  25. dcypher1 says:

    I love me sum mm let’s bust out the bongos.

  26. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    He gives a good interview. Lots you can chew on.