Matthew McConaughey looks to the future as he dips his toe in politics
Matthew McConaughey looks to the future as he dips his toe in politics: ‘We’ve got to make some sacrifices for larger rewards tomorrow’
Matthew McConaughey is considering a career in politics, but only if it means improving life for people down the line.
The 51-year-old actor opened up about his desire to create lasting change during an interview Thursday on The Carlos Watson Show.
Although the actor has previously steered clear of politics but he’s now giving thought to a run for governor of Texas.
Making a change: Matthew McConaughey, 51, said on Thursday he’s interested in making big changes for the future in an interview for The Carlos Watson Show about the possibility of entering politics
In the predictably discursive interview, McConaughey admitted he only wanted to pursue politics if it meant addressing longstanding civic problems.
‘I’m not interested in going and putting a bunch of Band-Aids on that are going to be ripped off as soon as I’m out, I’m interested in building something that can last and I’m measuring what category that is. I don’t know if that’s politics,’ he said. ‘That whole embassy of politics has some redefining of its purpose.’
Watson then quizzed the Oscar winner on whether he had the ‘constitution’ to take challenging stands and to go up against an opponent on the offensive.
‘I trust my core beliefs enough, and my values enough, to feel comfortable listening to an opposing one,’ he replied. ‘We try to teach our kids delayed gratification but we don’t like to think about further than tomorrow — we need immediate results.’
Looking forward: ‘I’m interested in building something that can last and I’m measuring what category that is. I don’t know if that’s politics,’ McConaughey told the host
Lacking a spine: He criticized past and current politicians for only focusing on short-term wins, rather than risking reelection for larger long-term gains
He criticized past and current politicians for only focusing on short-term wins, rather than risking reelection for larger long-term gains.
‘How many things do actual leaders and politicians get done that now become realized later on after they’re off? They never get credit for them,’ he continued. ‘You only get credit for wins and Ws and Ls for what you did in that bank of those years.
‘We’ve got to make some sacrifices for larger rewards tomorrow,’ he added.
One example of politicians focusing on short-term political wins while failing to better society was Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to end the state’s mask mandate back in March, despite more than 100 deaths and thousands of new cases before reported every day at the time.
‘I think the best example, for my mind, this last year is the damn dispute over the masks that got politicized,’ the Killer Joe actor said. ‘I’m like, “C’mon man, I’m not believing you’re really scared of this little cotton thing, and I’m not believing you really feel that takes away your identity and your freedom.”‘
Rush to judgment: He criticized Texas Governor Greg Abbott for ending the state’s mask mandate in March. ‘There’s no data that says it’s not a good thing, no data that says it’s harmful’
Playing it safe: The actor was bashed by right-wing fans on May 14 when he shared a photo of himself hiking with a mask on, despite it not harming him or anyone else
Masks have been a sore subject for McConaughey in recent days.
He shared a photo of himself hiking outdoors on May 14 while alone in a desert, only for the comments to be filled with right-wing users lambasting him for wearing a mask while he was far away from anyone else.
Days earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had said that vaccinated people can go without masks in almost all circumstances except heavily crowded indoor or outdoor settings, and even unvaccinated people can safely be unmasked when they’re outdoors and able to social distance.
Despite the fact that his mask wasn’t harming him or anyone else, it stoked the rage of certain social media users.
‘This is a short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom,’ he said of the now-defunct mask mandate. ‘There’s no data that says it’s not a good thing, no data that says it’s harmful. Let’s all take one for the team here.’
That was then: Back in November he told Stephen Colbert that he was more focused on the impact he could make on society through channels other than politics
McConaughey hasn’t always been as interested in entering the world of politics.
Back in November he told Stephen Colbert that he was more focused on the impact he could make on society through other channels.
‘I have no plans to do that right now, as I said, that would be up to a lot of other people,’ he said.
But in March he seemed to have changed his tune when he told The Hill that he was ‘looking into’ a run for Texas governor.
‘I’m looking into now again, “What is my leadership role?”‘ he said. ‘Because I do think I have some things to teach and share. What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I’m going into now?’
This is now: In March he seemed to have changed his tune when he told The Hill that he was ‘looking into’ a run for Texas governor; seen in January 2020 in NYC
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