Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - 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. (air rushes) (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.