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Matthew McConaughey reveals why he quit acting

"I had a really wonderful time getting rid of a lot of those filters that come with acting."
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Matthew McConaughey has opened up about the reason why he stepped away from acting, explaining why you haven’t seen him on the screen over the past few years. 

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“The last few years I had a really wonderful time getting rid of a lot of those filters that come with acting,” the 53-year-old actor told Dax Shepard on his ArmChair Expert podcast. 

While he may have stepped away from the camera, he revealed that the break will allow him to return to his career as a better actor.

“I am now becoming more interested in actually going to play another character in a movie or TV show because all of the last four years of culminating and writing and getting these things together, and getting more into some public service, now that I’m starting to dispatch those and get them organised and put ’em in front of me, it freed me up to go, ‘The idea of going to act in the right role and the right kind of movie, film, or series, right now, sounds like an awesome vacation.’”

Matthew McConaughey
“The last few years I had a really wonderful time getting rid of a lot of those filters that come with acting.” (Credit: Getty)

The Interstellar star’s latest comments come just weeks after it was announced he would be featuring in a Yellowstone spin-off series. 

His most recent acting roles have been voice-over work for the animated children’s film Sing 2 in 2021 and a leading role in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen in 2019. 

Matthew McConaughey
“I think I’ve experienced some real good life in these last few years, in ways that I hadn’t in a while.” (Credit: Getty)

As the actor prepares to get in front of a camera again, he explained to Dax that his time away has been valuable. 

“None of this time, at all, has been in vain,” he shared on the podcast episode.

“I wouldn’t dare be arrogant enough to think any of it has. I’ll be a different or improved actor, in my own right, after this last three years. I deliberately chose to go focus on some things I was talking about. And I have different perspectives. … What I have is so much respect for the vocation of acting. I think I have a healthier relationship. I’m not looking at it for my survival and my ‘thrival.’”

“I think good acting emulates life,” he continued. “Real life’s where this stuff comes from. I think I’ve experienced some real good life in these last few years, in ways that I hadn’t in a while.”

Matthew McConaughey
As the actor prepares to get in front of a camera again, he explained to Dax that his time away has been valuable. (Credit: Getty)

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