In 1993 Richard Linklater made a slow-burning coming of age comedy and started the acting career of some new actors, among them a certain Matthew McConaughey who would “alright, alright, alright” to fame in future films.
In the beginning, he was seen as a promising new talent, and singular filmmakers would required his acting services: he worked with John Sayles in ‘Lone Star’, Robert Zemeckis in ‘Contact’ and Spielberg in ‘Amistad’, before he got stuck in forgettable romantic and action comedies like ‘The Wedding Planner’, ‘How to lose a Guy in 10 Days’, ‘Sahara’, ‘Failure to Launch’ and ‘Fool’s Gold’.
During this period, McConaughey built a reputation for being “the sexier man alive”, and a surfing beach-bound guy, but taking from the way his projects have changed direction, you’d think he was just charging batteries and waiting for better times to come.
One of his best performances came along with ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ and soon every following project displayed his talent in full. He is comfortable playing a bad guy (‘Killer Joe”) a stripper (‘Magic Mike’) or any kind of dubious character under the sun…but make sure he has a cowboy hat near, to go with his westerner accent.
Between 2012 and 2013, he has come up with 6 performances to outdo himself, and even 5 minutes in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is enough for him to build an indelible character. His performances in ‘Mud’ and his Oscar nomination for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ confirm his status as a superlative actor.
Here’s a look at some of the performances you don’t want to miss.