Our favorite comedian, Patton Oswalt, recently sat down with the AV Club for their Random Roles feature, and while the entire thing is worth your time, Patton’s encounter with FilmDrunk’s Best Supporting Actor Nominee for 2012, Matthew McConaughey obviously deserves some special attention.
Failure To Launch (2006)—“Techie”
PO: Again, one scene. Me and Sarah Jessica Parker. She was a delight. I remember doing the table read with Matthew McConaughey before she was cast, and his dad was not played by Terry Bradshaw. It was Paul Dooley. He was the best. I said, “You are my favorite movie dad.” He was in Sixteen Candles and Breaking Away. And I think the mom was played by Kathy Bates, who was also amazing at the table read. Then McConaughey shows up in bike shorts and no shirt for the table read. I was sitting across from him, and I could see his right testicle.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: of all his skills, Matthew McConaughey’s best feature is how good he is at being Matthew McConaughey. The genius of Magic Mike was giving him a character that was even more McConaughey. Watching him was like watching a tiger crush a tapir’s neck in a nature film. Just A+ at being a tiger.
AVC: He literally was shirtless for a table read?
PO: Yes. If I looked like that, I’d be shirtless, too. I think he showed up on his bike, so he legitimately had been out biking.
As good as any McConaughey story always is, I think I was more intrigued by his story about Wesley Snipes on the set of Blade Trinity, who would sign post-it notes “Blade.”