Matthew McConaughey Says A Fortune Teller Told Him To Play This Role In A Hit Movie

Most working actors would jump at the chance of a major role in Hollywood, while some celebrities might instead make a more cautious choice based on production schedule, salary, or cast. Matthew McConaughey, however, decided to star in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” because of advice from a fortune teller.

“I remember wondering whether or not I was going to do it one night while strolling down Sunset Boulevard. [in the Los Angeles area] when suddenly this guy pops up out of nowhere for me,” he told Vanity Fair in an oral history of the film released Thursday, describing the man as a “fortune-telling guru.”

“He immediately said, ‘There’s a movie you’re considering right now. It’s a romantic comedy. You have to or it will be one of the biggest regrets of your life. It’s going to be awesome…and it’s going to make a lot of money,” McConaughey said.

The actor recalled wondering if the man had been hired by executives producing the film. Despite this, he told Vanity Fair that he undertook “more serious reflection” after the meeting and accepted the role of Benjamin Barry the very next day.

The 2003 film grossed nearly $178 million worldwide and has since become a beloved romantic comedy classic. As chronicled in Vanity Fair’s long-running story, however, making the native Texan Kate Hudson’s love interest came with some challenges.

Portions of “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days” were reportedly rewritten to accommodate Matthew McConaughey’s “Texas twang”.

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Director Donald Petrie told his writers they needed “some kind of subtle explanation” for why Benjamin had “this Texas twang about him.” They ended up re-imagining the character’s father as a “navy guy” and then cast South Carolina native Celia Weston as her mother.

But even before such considerations, McConaughey almost completely missed the role. Hudson, who was 23 at the time of production, revealed in December that she had to fight for him to get the part – because producer Lynda Obst thought he was too old for it at 33.

“We had an energy together, I wanted to play with him,” Hudson said. “It was kinetic. … We love pushing each other and I love Matthew’s commitment to everything; he’s focused on the razor.

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” turns 20 on Tuesday. Petrie and Hudson told Vanity Fair that there is no sequel in the works. And McConaughey said he believed the original was alone – and knew exactly why.

“It’s really fun as an audience member to get in on the joke with one character while the other isn’t,” he told the outlet, adding that the film’s plot allows “so much fun audience engagement and participation”.


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