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  • - The actual making of a film,

  • the day to day going to work, the construction of a film,

  • has always been my favorite thing.

  • I'm going to go stand in the mirror,

  • and my wife's over there watching, reading something,

  • I'm going to stand in the mirror

  • and I'm going to practice a move.

  • This is really embarrassing.

  • Well, too bad, man.

  • Do it in the mirror right now.

  • The $320, I was like, "Is this legal?"

  • 'Cause it was so much fun and I was,

  • (laughs)

  • I was really looking over my shoulder going.

  • (laughs)

  • Being an actor, or even being an artist, and I had studied

  • in school behind the camera, was not even in the vernacular

  • of my dreams.

  • - He's an Academy Award winning American actor.

  • He achieved critical success for portraying a cowboy

  • who was diagnosed with AIDS in the Dallas Buyers Club movie.

  • He also starred in HBO's first season of True Detective,

  • for which he earned an Emmy nomination.

  • He's Matthew McConaughey and here's my take on his

  • top 10 rules for success.

  • Number one is my personal favorite, and make sure to

  • stick around all the way to end for some

  • special bonus clips.

  • Also, as you're watching and listening, if Matthew says

  • something that you really enjoy, make sure to leave

  • it in the comments below with quotation marks,

  • so we know what you really enjoy.

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  • (thuds)

  • - The making, the actual making of a film, the day to day

  • going to work, the construction of the film

  • has always been my favorite thing.

  • I like making a film much more than I like watching them.

  • I do. Even the one's I'm in.

  • I really love the coming together with a whole bunch of

  • people having an idea on paper, and everyone's an

  • expert at what they do and you're off on this turn

  • and you got ideas but then you just let them go

  • and see what it can become.

  • I love the making, that's when I'm happiest,

  • is when I'm making a film or telling a story,

  • the day to day.

  • And more so than watching them, really.

  • Look, I kind of defined that for myself

  • about four years ago.

  • Process. Stay in process. Head down, in process.

  • Stay in your bubble and when it's over,

  • be that fulfillment.

  • Notice, when I started noticing that fulfillment of it,

  • I just finished, well that's enough, that's it.

  • I don't know if it's even coming out, I don't even know,

  • I don't know what it's going to turn into.

  • Man I hope we got it.

  • And, I hope the director put something good together,

  • but I don't know.

  • Nothing I can do about that.

  • All I know is that this experience, that I said,

  • go have the experience, McConaughey.

  • And, if I can love this experience and at the end of it,

  • I'm like may never even hear that film again.

  • May never even know that story again, it may be gone.

  • Let me find out that all the negatives got fried

  • in the x-ray machine, there is no film, but I've got to be,

  • (laughs)

  • that's okay, I had an experience.

  • When I got selfish for that, for that,

  • the experience, that process, enjoying that process,

  • the day to day architecture of making a movie

  • and creating a role.

  • That's when I've been the happiest.

  • And more results have come that way, in an odd way.

  • - Yes. - You know?

  • But, when I started to really approaching them

  • as this is a finite thing and this is just an experience,

  • other than that I'm not producing this thing.

  • I'm not the one editing, I don't know what

  • it's going to be, that's it.

  • And then, all of a sudden they come out and you go,

  • oh, I think we got a good one.

  • - [Interviewer] So, are you surprised by the places you went

  • in that performance?

  • Are you surprised when you see it back

  • or are you already--

  • - No, not after I engaged, not after I took the dare.

  • Soon as I got off the phone call with him and then also when

  • he said it's not in the picture now, but I

  • think it'd be great if Dallas danced at the end.

  • And my heartbeat went up on the phone and I started

  • breaking a cold sweat like, like going no that's not.

  • And, as soon as I went oh no that's not,

  • the other devil in my ear said I (bleep) dare you do,

  • and I just went of course.

  • Yes, because I immediately noticed, if you don't

  • you're wussing out dude, are you kidding me?

  • You will forever regret, you have to.

  • So, as soon as I got over that, I was like well

  • that's inevitable, I'm doing it.

  • Now, I got to bust my ass to go do it the best I can.

  • And, there was a lot of fear in that.

  • I mean, that was

  • some majorly good anxiety and fear.

  • And then, now I'm saying, and by that time,

  • now everything, my choices from that phone call onward

  • anything I was ever set you have to go (bleep).

  • Nah dude, go, all the way.

  • Go, meet midnight, yes.

  • Can you all meet in front of the choreograph session?

  • Eight a.m. Sunday morning, do you got an hour?

  • I'm going to go stand in the mirror and my wife's over there

  • reading something, I'm going to stand in the mirror,

  • I'm going to practice a move.

  • This is really embarrassing.

  • Well, too bad man, do it in the mirror right now

  • because the less embarrassing that gets

  • hopefully the more comfortable you'll be

  • when you're out there in front of 80 people

  • and a bunch of cameras.

  • And, one thing you do when you go out there,

  • don't come up short.

  • (laughs)

  • Go, all the way.

  • - So, even with these movies under your belt

  • you came out to L.A. and you were still thinking

  • it was going to be for P.A. work.

  • - Still thought it was going to be P.A. work.

  • I mean, I didn't know, it was still,

  • I was the leading (mumbles), I mean, I sure did like

  • that I was doing it and I had people and I couldn't,

  • honestly at that time the $320.

  • I was like is this legal?

  • 'Cause it was so much fun.

  • And then, I was

  • (laughs)

  • I was really looking over my shoulder going.

  • (laughs)

  • And, I kept getting invited back.

  • And then, I had people coming up and going, "Hey man,

  • "You're good at this."

  • And, I was like, "Well thanks, 'cause it sure is fun."

  • So, I really didn't know.

  • I guess secretly, if I look back at it

  • and I look at my diaries there was hope underlying,

  • but I always feel like I need to go out and get a job.

  • And, if I can pursue acting on the side,

  • get a P.A. job, get in the storytelling business

  • behind the camera and let's see.

  • Then, another funny thing happened.

  • That first audition when I got out here was for

  • a casting director named Hank McCann.

  • You know who I'm talking about?

  • It was for a film called Boys on the Side.

  • And, I went and read and he goes, "I think you did

  • "really good, I'll have you for a call back sometime later."

  • I went off from there, I get called in

  • for a baseball film, Angels in the Outfield.

  • I walk in the door, there's a bunch of funny

  • peculiarities on how the hell I got to be

  • standing here today.

  • (laughs)

  • I walk in the door, I was back lit.

  • I had an American cap on, it was a Warner Brothers lot.

  • I open up the door.

  • It was back lit in the afternoon, producer's sitting

  • on the couch he looks up and goes,

  • "Hey, that's (mumbles), the all American kid."

  • (laughs)

  • And then like, he goes, "You ever play baseball?"

  • I said, "12 years."

  • He goes, "you got the job."

  • (laughs)

  • So, they send me, they pay me schedule f.

  • 48 five, (laughs)

  • $48,500 to go play baseball for 11 weeks in Oakland.

  • Again, I'm going, "What is this business, man?"

  • (laughs)

  • But, it happened.

  • And, during that I got called back to read for

  • Harper Ross and Boys on the Side and got that role.

  • So, that Cohen Brothers film that got pushed,

  • that P.A. job that I would have taken if it was there

  • never happened and I haven't P.A.'d since.

  • (laughs)

  • (crowd applauds)

  • And, I had about a year and a half where I would

  • audition and I would get one call back,

  • two call backs, three call backs, and I never got the part.

  • And, I remember feeling like I'm too tight,

  • you know what I mean?

  • I think maybe I'm studying too much.

  • I remember talking to myself and, "Maybe I'm studying

  • "too much about the import of the line and everything

  • "and you know what?

  • "I think I need to go back to doing what I did

  • "when I first started, which is I was just a guy

  • "and I improvised."

  • So, I had a film that I was cast for and I was playing

  • this on the border Mexican drug lord and I told

  • myself I'm not going to look at the sides.

  • I'm not even going to read the script.

  • It's an on the border Mexican drug lord,

  • I hear the synopsis.

  • If I know my man then I'll show up and just,

  • obviously, I'll read it right before I go on

  • and if I know my man that'll be like,

  • "Well, that's exactly what he'd say."

  • (laughs)

  • Foolish, I go to set that morning,

  • all right, I'm just going to, all I have to do

  • is have a glance at it and it'll be like,

  • "Yep, I know how to do it."

  • Well, I look at it, right, before we're about

  • to say action and it was a page and a half

  • monologue in Spanish.

  • (laughs)

  • Oh, and I knew when I felt this strip of sweat

  • come up on the back of my head and go down

  • and for whatever reason I looked over and I said,

  • "Can you give me like 12 minutes?"

  • Why I said 12 minutes I don't know.

  • I figured it was like not long enough to be inconsiderate,

  • but long enough to maybe get a little bit of that stuff.

  • Anyway, I think I was horrible in it.

  • I stammered through some Spanish

  • and tried to look aligned.

  • So, then I was like, "Okay, that's not the way to go."

  • (laughs)

  • There's a blend here of having to do your due diligence,

  • do your studying but then being able to go down

  • the day and relax and throw it all away.

  • I'm probably much more intentional than people

  • would think I am.

  • I make choices.

  • I invest in 'em. I work on 'em.

  • And, I don't choose to really share a lot of that,

  • it's my own private time.

  • I try and do the work whether it's personally,

  • whether it's on a role, whatever it is

  • so I can then appear like I'm blowing in the wind.

  • I call it create your own weather so you can

  • blow in the wind.

  • It's conservative early, liberal late

  • is what I'm talking about.

  • See what sandbox you're playing in.

  • Any glass in here, no no glass.

  • Okay, there's the boundaries, that's the rules.

  • Okay, now get four dimensional in the sandbox,

  • now blow in the breeze.

  • I choose my direction, we're going east,

  • we're going north, we're going south, or we going west?

  • All right, I got it, this kid is going east.

  • Well now, you got 16 lanes to swerve in,

  • take an exit.