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  • -Matthew, last time I saw you we were in U.T. AUSTIN.

  • -Yes, sir. -Where you were a professor

  • at that university. -I'm still am a professor there.

  • -You still are. Yeah, that's right.

  • -I kept my job. -How was the class, yeah.

  • How did it go? how -- -It went great. Everyone passed.

  • Everyone got As. -Yeah, perfect. Man, come on.

  • [ Applause ] -We actually studied this film,

  • "The Gentlemen." -You did?

  • -We were talking about it, yes. -Oh, that's right.

  • And I saw from your Lincoln ads that, over the holiday,

  • you went ice -- you went ice fishing.

  • -Ice fishing. [ Laughter ]

  • -In the back -- in back of your truck.

  • -Everyone's always known how big of an ice fishermen I am.

  • -Yeah. [ Laughter ]

  • Have you ever, ever been ice fishing?

  • -Absolutely not. [ Laughter ]

  • But, I play one on TV. [ Laughter ]

  • -Yeah. -A red flag come up

  • and you get a bit of a smile. Go get the fish very slowly.

  • [ Laughter ] -Yeah.

  • -Have you seen -- have you seen his Lincoln ads?

  • -No, I want to very much. -Oh.

  • [ Laughter ] They're the most relaxing

  • coolest, best -- one of the oddest things you'll ever see.

  • [ Laughter ] -Really?

  • -They're fantas-- I never know where he's going.

  • -He's quite an odd man actually. [ Laughter ]

  • -You think he is? -I have discovered, yeah.

  • -Yeah, you have. Did you guys ever know each

  • other before this movie? -No, and not on it either.

  • We had no scenes together. -Oh.

  • -So, we've really just met. [ Laughter ]

  • -Wow. [ Laughter ]

  • -We passed each other from a distance

  • on a Chinese golf course, someone told us --

  • [ Laughter ] about 15 years ago.

  • -Is that right? -But now we're just meeting

  • tonight, yeah.

  • -There's a question I wanted to ask you because I think it was

  • last year you got a little political in England.

  • You didn't want to get Boris Johnson re-elected.

  • -Yeah. -Or to be Prime Minister --

  • so, you went -- is this true, you went door to door

  • knocking on people's doors telling them

  • not to vote for Boris Johnson? -I did.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • -What can people do? What?

  • -Well, they pretended to be very nice.

  • [ Laughter ] I took eight different

  • candidates around and, you know, we knocked on doors and I said,

  • "Are you going to vote for Jim?" and they all say,

  • "Oh, yes. very much so" and none of them did.

  • [ Laughter ] -It didn't work.

  • -Every single one of my candidates lost.

  • [ Laughter ] -Oh, my God.

  • -100% record of failure. -This is good.

  • It's good to try it, though. -Well, I felt I had to --

  • -Did people to be like "Love Actually."

  • [ Laughter ] And that's what you did.

  • -I think some of the adults thought that

  • and some of the kids burst into tears because they thought

  • I was the guy from "Paddington 2," you know what I mean?

  • [ Laughter ] Yeah.

  • -The funny thing about this movie is you kind of

  • got into this, Hugh, because it was your wedding day maybe.

  • -It was an absurd encounter. -Yes.

  • -I was on my way to my wedding with my wife.

  • I was very late and trying cross the road in Sloane Square

  • in London and a man falls off his bike in front of us.

  • Idiot. [ Laughter ]

  • Oh, Christ. [ Laughter ]

  • I tried to pick him up and along comes Guy Ritchie who I know

  • I bit 'cause I did "Man from U.N.C.L.E." with him.

  • -Yeah. -And he said, "Sorry Hugh,

  • it's my assistant. He's always falling off his bike.

  • Get up, get up." [ Light laughter ]

  • So, he got up. Anyway, "Bye, goodnight. Nice to see you."

  • Guy said, "No, no. Wait, wait, wait, I got a script for you."

  • I said, "Yes, fine, but I've got to get married

  • and I'm really late." [ Light laughter ]

  • He said, "No, no, I'll tell you the picture, the whole story."

  • [ Laughter ] -Yeah.

  • So, you were late for your wedding because Guy Ritchie?

  • -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -And it turned out

  • to be this movie. It's fantastic by the way.

  • -It's fun, isn't it? -It's so much fun. It's great.

  • I mean, you must have gotten to know each or a little bit

  • on set even though you didn't have --

  • -No. -You really haven't?

  • -Really, tonight. [ Laughter ]

  • -You just did really meet tonight.

  • -Yeah, pretty much. -No, we --

  • we did a read-through together. -What was your first impression.

  • -We didn't say anything to each other.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -I tried to talk to him. [ Laughter ]

  • -He -- really? He's not one of those.

  • He's not really talkative guy. -It's a bit grand.

  • -Yeah. What did you think when you were

  • going to work with Matthew McConaughey?

  • What did you think he was going to be like.

  • -I -- I don't like working with very good actors

  • 'cause they show me up. [ Laughter ]

  • And I was aware that he'd won bloody Oscars

  • and things like that. [ Laughter ]

  • -Yeah. -Was not very happy about it.

  • -No, yeah. -Yeah.

  • -And what did you think about when you were going to

  • work with Hugh Grant? -Well, what you

  • probably don't know about Hugh is how

  • jolly of a character he is. [ Laughter ]

  • An infectious humor and laughter and just so happy.

  • It pisses everyone off. [ Laughter ]

  • -That's not the case at all. -One of the funniest men

  • I've ever -- -I'm a humanist. It is an art.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -Matthew, describe your character in "The Gentlemen."

  • How did you come up with Mickey? -Mickey, he's is an American

  • expat who is living in London, who has a very profitable

  • marijuana empire and he's trying to sell off

  • this multi-hundred million dollar empire, gracefully

  • and civilly for a fair price, but because he's in the business

  • with a bunch of scallywags, of course,

  • they're not going to pay the fair price.

  • [ Laughter ] So, instead of

  • eloquently retiring as I want to he has to get up

  • and get very violent again and try to eliminate the --

  • the bad guys. -Yeah.

  • [ Laughter ] -And, Hugh, your character,

  • I've never seen you play a character like this.

  • -How good is this man in this? -He crushes it.

  • -Crushes it. -Oh.

  • -This is amazing. -No, Matthew McConaughey.

  • [ Cheers and applause ] Oh, that's very nice.

  • He's a proper actor.

  • I'm messing around in this film and I don't know if it comes off

  • but, yes, I play an incredibly sleazy repellant,

  • reptile of a human being. [ Laughter ]

  • He's a private investigator working for a big tabloid

  • newspaper and that, of course, was sort of joke casting

  • on Guy Ritchie's part 'cause I've been ranting and raving

  • about tabloid newspapers for years, but it was --

  • it was quite fun and I was able to --

  • I've now made friends, you see, during my campaigning

  • with some of the guys who used to hack my phone,

  • steal my medical records, in one case, burgle my flat.

  • [ Light laughter ] That was weird 'cause the people

  • I campaign with, give me a party every year

  • and at each one they introduce me to another person

  • who did something terrible to me and it's just strange

  • they say, "Oh, Hugh, I don't think you've met Bill.

  • He burgled your flat in 1996." [ Laughter ]

  • And you go, "Oh, hi. Well, have a drink.

  • I think you know where everything is, you know."

  • [ Laughter ] [ Applause ]

  • -"Let yourself in. you know the place."

  • -Yeah. -"You know the place

  • pretty well." Oh, you know, I had an idea I

  • thought it would be kind of fun.

  • I thought it would be kind of fun if you read a famous line

  • of Matthew's and Matthew, you read a famous line of Hugh's.

  • -Okay. -Would you be up for that?

  • -Yes, please. -Alright, Matthew,

  • you can go first. -Nevermind.

  • -First one is Hugh's line from "Love Actually."

  • -[ British accent ] "Who do you have to screw around here to

  • get a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit?"

  • [ Laughter ] -Wait, but how would --

  • how would -- that sounded like him.

  • But, how would you do it as Matthew McConaughey?

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -"Who do you got to screw around here to get a cup of tea