Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey decided he needed to enjoy watching his movies as much as he enjoyed making them. So…
“I got much more selfish. I’m a fan of the word selfish. Self. Ish. 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.”
- Matthew McConaughey, interview with GQ
And on turning his acting around and receiving his Oscar…
When I was 15 years old, I had an important person in my life come to me and say, 'Who is your hero?' And I said, 'I don't know. I gotta think about that. Give me a couple weeks.' I come back two weeks later and this person comes up, 'Who's your hero?' I said, 'I thought about it, you know who it is? It's me in 10 years,'" McConaughey said. "So I turn 25, 10 years later, and that same person comes to me and says, 'So, are you a hero?' And I say, 'Not even close. No, no, no. My hero is me at 35.'"
McConaughey next offered further explanation of how his hero is his future self: "You see every day, every week, every year of my life my hero is always 10 years away. I'm never gonna be my hero, I'll never attain that. I know I'm not and that's just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing," he said. "So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we're chasing, to that I say 'Amen.' To that I say, 'Alright, alright, alright.' And to that I say 'Just keep living.'"
[Hat tip Objective Standard]