McConaughey: Gold character my 'favourite'
Matthew McConaughey says his latest role as down on his luck prospector Kenny Wells in Gold is his “favourite” ever.
In the film McConaughey, who won an Academy Award in 2013 for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, teams up with a geologist to try to discover a new gold mine in Indonesia.
His character is overweight and never without a drink in the crime adventure, which is loosely based on a true story.
McConaughey, 47, says he jumped headfirst into the unhealthy lifestyle in preparation.
“I’d never done that, never just let myself say what you want, when you want, 24/7 for six months. To eat, to drink, to enjoy life without thinking of any consequences whatsoever” the actor said.
“So for six months I was in ‘yes mode’ and I didn’t miss it. And when it was done I was kind of sad to leave Kenny in the rear-view mirror.”
The film is partly set in Indonesia, but a lot of the filming took place in Thailand, which wasn’t always the easiest place to shoot according to the True Detective star.
“Thailand initiated us pretty quickly. The monsoons came early and washed away our sets on day two. So we were sort of beholden to mother nature.” He said.
“We would shoot some scenes in the rain, and then the sun would come out, and we wouldn’t be done with the scene so we’d have to run over to another set that we had started in the sun and try and finish it when the sun was out and then the rains would come back two hours later so we’d run back to the other set, try to finish that scene.”
In the film Kenny Wells is seen touching a tiger in a bid to seal a business deal, and the actor admits he didn’t have to try very hard to look scared.
“We scheduled that for the last scene in the movie which I always thought was quite funny because if you don’t know filming, if something happens to the actor in the last scene it’s ok because you’ve got all the other footage in the can.
“There was a trainer there but he made it very clear that if the tiger lunged he couldn’t do anything about the lunge, but he felt confident he could pull the tiger off after he lunged, and I was like: that doesn’t make me feel that comfortable.”
“It all went smoothly but I didn’t have to do much acting in that scene. I was scared,” he admitted.
“I’m highly proud of the film, my favourite character I’ve ever played.”
Source: Sky News – Entertainment