Matthew McConaughey has a new movie out, Gold, and he’s doing the normal worldwide press tour to promote the film.
This week the native Texan found himself in an interview room with ChannelFi. The interviewer at one point wanted to get McConaughey’s opinion on Donald Trump and the media’s treatment of the President of the United States.
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The interviewer began, “For quite a lot of this film, I sort of thought ‘this is not Trump’s America, but small-time, central, redneck America sticking one up to the snotty East Coast elites,’ as it were.”
McConaughey: “Stickin’ it to the man, for sure. I mean, it’s an underdog story. This is the guy that nobody bets on. This is like millions of people, if not billions, who get out of bed everyday, and don’t have a ticket to the American Dream. That are going to have to hustle their way in the backdoor, the sidedoor, or come down the chimney, and be an entrepreneur, and make it their own way—by hook or by crook.”
Interviewer: “So, every single American actor or artsy type who comes over to London dumps on Trump. You all completely hate him. Do you think it’s time maybe Hollywood and the culture elite in America gave this guy a break?”
McConaughey could have taken the opportunity to do what so many in Hollywood have done and bash the president. However, the Hollywood A-lister took the opportunity to try to mend fences and encourage cooperation.
McConaughey: “Well, they don’t have a choice now. He’s our president. And, it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an Inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact. And be constructive with him over the next four years.
So anyone, even those who may strongly disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done — and that’s another thing, we’ll see what he does compares to what he has said — no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be.
McConaughey: “‘Cause he’s our president for the next four years, at least, the President of the United States.”
Here is the complete video interview:
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