The ‘aggressively centric’ actor is considering it
Matthew McConaughey has a slew of titles including actor, husband, father and even “pickle lover,” according to his Instagram bio. But now there is talk of potentially adding Texas governor to the list.
In an interview Thursday with the Austin Statesmen, part of the USA TODAY Network, the “Dallas Buyers Club” star said he would “be a fool not to consider” the position.
“I am considering, as I said I’d be a fool not to, to consider the honor to go into the position of politics, as the governor of Texas,” he said. “But I honestly have to ask myself, ‘How can I be most useful?’ And maybe that’s as a free agent.”
McConaughey was clear that he is not running right now.
“I would say, as far as running, I’m not until I am. So my decision hasn’t changed because I’m still not.”
The actor added that ultimately the decision is up to his family and where he would best fit.
“I still have to answer the same question for myself and my family. Honestly. Is that the truest and best category for me to be most useful,” he said. “I’m ready to step into a leadership position in this next chapter of my life, but I don’t know that that’s in politics.”
Of course his interest in politics begs the question: what party?
“I haven’t gotten that far yet,” McConaughey told the Statesmen. But he does consider himself “aggressively centric.”
“Look, I’m a ‘Meet You in the Middle’ man. When I say “aggressively centric,” that sometimes gets parceled over there with ‘Oh, that’s a shade of grey, a compromise,’ ” he said.
“Sometimes the left is better at this, sometimes the right. There’s different choices for different circumstances,” he added.
In the past, McConaughey has spoken out against political extremes.
“You need liberals. What I don’t think we need is the illiberals, and what I don’t think that some liberals see is that they’re often being cannibalized by the illiberals,” he said on “Good Morning Britain” in December.
“Now, you know, there are extremes on both sides that I think are unfair — that I don’t think are the right place to be,” he continued. “The extreme left and the extreme right completely illegitimize the other side… or they exaggerate that side’s stance into an irrational state that makes no sense.”
This week’s conversations about politics weren’t the first time the Oscar-winning actor has talked about leading the state of Texas. In November, political commentator Hugh Hewitt asked him about a potential run for Texas governor or another political office during an interview. His answer was still hesitant.
“I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me,” McConaughey said. “Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”
McConaughey has taken an interest in public service. After Texas was hit by a severe winter storm in February, the “Interstellar” actor and his wife announced teaming up with a Texas relief fund to host a virtual benefit concert to help Texans after the storm.
In an Instagram post on Feb. 21, McConaughey announced the virtual benefit and his mission to help Texans while sitting in front of an American flag.
“I’m going to be making daily posts letting people know how to keep safe during this time, find resources, help volunteer and support others,” he said.
In the comments, some fans encouraged the actor to pursue public office.
“McConaughey for Senate!” @bassrunnerbw said.
Another comment read, “(Let me know) when you run for office — you need troops with their boots on the ground and I’ll be that guy.”
“Run for governor,” @amandapallanez wrote. @mrssabrinaferr took it a step further writing “Matthew for president.”
McConaughey recently released his book “Greenlights” which is an unconventional and candid memoir filled with raucous stories and hard-won wisdom about living life to its fullest.