In the span of 24 hours, there have been two things that have come out about Matthew McConaughey. The first is that he may run for Governor of Texas. The second? That he was planning on doing a stand-up, before the pandemic hit. The Oscar-winning actor told this to British comedian Russell Howard on his Sky One show.
“I haven’t shared this with many people but stand up is a no-filter communication. What I do as an actor, which is why I’m interested in doing stand up, is my raw expression goes through four filters before it gets to the screen. I’m doing someone else’s script, I’m being directed by someone else, I’m being filmed by someone else, I’m being edited by someone else before it’s put in a capsule and put in front of you on screen. That’s four filters from my original expression. So that’s the goal. Where do you go where there is no filter? That’s stand-up. So the plan before Covid was, I was planning on taking to the road and telling stories in an hour of stand-up.”
When Howard told McConaughey he thought he’d make a good stand-up, he responded “It sounds like a great thing to be addicted to, the ultimate buzz. You look today at stand-up comics, they are the best truth tellers we have. If I can get away with this, then I’d love to.”
So who knows? Maybe when everything opens back up, we can see Matthew McConaughey take to the stage as a comic.