Matthew McConaughey on The Joe Rogan Experience (#1552)

Key Takeaways

  •  Matthew has been writing in a journal for 36 years  
    • He wanted to have a record of what he was doing in good times and bad times so that went life knocked him down, he could change his actions to make the good times come back again
      • “So many times we dissect failure and hardships but we don’t dissect success” Matthew McConaughey
  • Common habits that helped Matthew achieve a better life:
    • Having a sense of humor and not taking things personally
    • Going after your desires without seeking approval from others
    • Exercising every day
    • Writing a mental note of what you have to do the next day
    • Getting 9.5 hours of sleep
    • Checking in with yourself at the start of the day before going out into the world
  •  “Hollywood is not a place to go find yourself. Hollywood’s a place where you can be anything you want.” Matthew McConaughey
  • Matthew’s thoughts on COVID:
    • “I think we got a lot of rebuilding to do in the long term, it may be a 20-year build” – Matthew McConaughey
  • Matthew gives people 100% of his trust until they do something to lose it:
    • “You have 100% of my trust until you don’t. I’m not coming in hedging my bet with you or anyone that I meet for the first time.” – Matthew McConaughey

Intro

  • Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) is a Texas native and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. He has won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, appeared in more than 40 feature films that have grossed more than $1 billion, and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist with his Just Keep Livin’ Foundation.  
  • Host: Joe Rogan (@joerogan)

Books Mentioned

Why Did Matthew Write A Book?

  • He wanted a direct line of communication to his audience
    • As an actor, there are 4 levels of filters:
      • 1) Matthew’s raw expression
      • 2) What’s being recorded
      • 3) What’s being edited
      • 4) What’s being put on the screen
    • With this book, there was only one filter: Matthew himself
  • He also wanted to share stories to show that his life wasn’t as glamorous as it seemed. It was a bumpy road to get to where he is today.
  • Lessons from Matthew’s book:
    • Know the art of running downhill: Enjoy the good times in life while they last and when things turn for the worse, get back to working on making life better
    • Be an egotistical utilitarian: Oftentimes the most selfish decision for yourself is the most selfless decision for others

Why Matthew Kept A Journal For 36 Year

  • Matthew has been writing in a journal for 36 years  
    • He wanted to have a record of what he was doing in good times and bad times so that went life knocked him down, he could change his actions to make the good times come back again
      • “So many times we dissect failure and hardships but we don’t dissect success” Matthew McConaughey
        • Matthew would look at what he was eating, how much sleep he was getting, who he was hanging out with, and many other habits during the good times in his life and try to mimic that again
  • Common habits that helped Matthew achieve a better life:
    • Having a sense of humor and not taking things personally
    • Going after your desires without seeking approval from others
    • Exercising every day
    • Writing a mental note of what you have to do the next day
    • Getting 9.5 hours of sleep
    • Checking in with yourself at the start of the day before going out into the world
      • “Take ten minutes to check in with me before checking in with the world” – Matthew McConaughey

Storytelling & Getting Into Movies

  • Where did Matthew get his storytelling skills? 
    • He grew up in a family of storytellers. If you didn’t tell a good story at dinner time, someone else would take over and the family would focus on the other person.
      • “When you wanted to get a word in, you better be a good storyteller” – Matthew McConaughey
  • Matthew enjoyed storytelling so much he went to film school. He started working behind the camera but eventually moved to being in front of the camera.
  • After college, Matthew moved to LA. He got the job for his first two auditions.
  • His first big role was Dazed and Confused and the role that made him famous was A Time to Kill 

Problems With Fame & Hollywood

  • After Matthew became famous, he became unsure of who he was as a person and went to a monastery and to the Amazon to spend time in solitude with himself
  • “Hollywood is not a place to go find yourself. Hollywood’s a place where you can be anything you want.” – Matthew McConaughey
  • One reason why so many child stars end up having difficult lives is that they’re taught to play different people before they know who they truly are
    • In Hollywood, every day is Halloween. You can be one person today and a different person tomorrow. 
      • “I wouldn’t want my child to be raised in Hollywood by Hollywood” – Matthew McConaughey 

Transforming Your Body For A Role

  • Matthew dropped 2.5 pounds every week to get to 135 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. His normal average weight was 188 lbs.
    • Although he didn’t have much strength physically, he says he became a lot sharper mentally 
      • If you’ve lost a ton of weight like Matthew, you want to go regain weight slowly. If you gain it too quickly, you can end up looking deformed.
        • “If you rush it, they can come back in odd ways” – Matthew McConaughey 

Keeping Austin Great

  • Why’s Austin so popular?
    • Zero income tax
    • Fewer regulations
    • Great food
    • Lots of young people
    • Filled with creatives and entrepreneurs 
  • Matthew calls Austin the blueberry in the tomato soup. In other words, the liberal city in a conservative state.
    • Matthew asks that the people who recently moved to Austin don’t turn Texas into the place they ran away from (i.e., California)
  • Austin is already starting to see a growing homeless population much as LA had
  • Matthew serves as the Minister of Culture of Austin

Defund The Police?

  • What’s Matthew’s take on defunding the police?
    • “I don’t see how that repairs the relationship between the community and the police force…Now you have spite on both sides” – Matthew McConaughey
  • Matthew and Joe would believe the police need more funding, not less, and that the funds should go towards filtering out bad apples and giving police members better training 

Additional Notes

  • Matthew’s thoughts on COVID:
    • “I think we got a lot of rebuilding to do in the long term, it may be a 20-year build” – Matthew McConaughey
  • Matthew gives people 100% of his trust until they do something to lose it:
    • “You have 100% of my trust until you don’t. I’m not coming in hedging my bet with you or anyone that I meet for the first time.” – Matthew McConaughey
  • “Be less impressed and more involved” – Matthew McConaughey
  • Matthew is a fan of Jordan Peterson
  • “If you want to starve to death, open up a bookstore in Miami” – Joe Rogan
  • Joe’s all-time favorite documentaries are Cocaine Cowboys and Cocaine Cowboys 2 
  • How does Matthew decide what movie he wants to be in?
    • He looks at the pedigree of the people in it (director, producers, etc.)
    • He also looks at the character he’s playing
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Notes By Alex Wiec

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