Matthew McConaughey's career resurgence is complete, as he's starring in one of the most anticipated movies of the year with this week's release of "Interstellar." Let's look back at the performances that brought him here.
Matthew McConaughey’s career resurgence is complete, as he’s starring in one of the most anticipated movies of the year with this week’s release of “Interstellar.” Let’s look back at the performances that brought him here.
10. David Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused”
The no-name cast of Richard Linklater’s ’70s high school tale eventually was an all-star cast. McConaughey had limited screen time, but showed both the charm and the smarm that would make him famous. “I get older. They stay the same age.”
9. Ben Barry in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
McConaughey’s rom-com phase wasn’t his best work, but he was never just eye candy, and he had good chemistry with Kate Hudson. Let’s just forget about “Fool’s Gold.”
8. Mick Haller in “The Lincoln Lawyer”
His slick-but-conflicted lawyer was the first real stretch of the acting chops that have been on display for the last few years.
7. Fenton Meiks in “Frailty”
Bill Paxton directed and starred in this criminally underrated American horror story. Paxton’s father role was terrifying, but McConaughey’s cool narration and underlying demons were the backbone of the movie.
6. Dallas in “Magic Mike”
McConaughey had a lot of fun at the expense of his own sex symbol status in his gleefully over-the-top performance as a male stripper. Sorry, ladies. He’s not back for the sequel.
5. Mark Hanna in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
It’s tough to steal a three-hour movie in one scene, but McConaughey sure tries as a coked-up stock broker advising a young protégé on the ways of greed.
4. Mud in “Mud”
Writer-director Jeff Nichols’ follow-up to his brilliant “Take Shelter” featured McConaughey as an escaped con who befriends two young boys. It’s testament to his charm that it’s not as creepy as it sounds.
3. Killer Joe Cooper in “Killer Joe”
Speaking of creepy, “Exorcist” director William Friedkin tapped McConaughey as his lead psychopath in this stage adaptation. It’s intense and, frankly, hard to watch, but it’s a killer performance.
2. Ron Woodroof in “The Dallas Buyers Club”
As a homophobic hustler who learns compassion through self-preservation after contracting AIDS, the 2013 role landed McConaughey his only Oscar.
1. Rust Cohle in “True Detective”
His weary philosopher detective became one of the most indelible characters ever on television in his eight-episode run on HBO’s “True Detective.” The candidates to fill those shoes next season are going to learn that time is a flat circle.