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05.19.2015

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Back in November, Matthew McConaughey said he'd be down for a comic book movie and was reportedly being eyed to play Doctor Strange before Benedict Cumberbatch landed the role. But has he actually been approached by Marvel or DC about possibly starring in one of their films?

It appears he has, as the actor recently told Variety that he's had talks with both Marvel and DC, and he has read some superhero film scripts.

I’ve read some Marvel and DC scripts and I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts, none of which I’ll share with with you what they are — or were. Yeah, I’ve circled some of those. Nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it.

McConaughey went on to explain what would convince him to do a comic book movie.

It’s very simple for me. I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure. Is it the possibility of going, “Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do 3, 4, 5, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero.” But I would also look at something like that and say, “Hey, in success that means you are on the train for a while.” Contractually, you’re going to return to the character over and over. It’s something I asked myself is it something I’d want to return to. Would I be excited to go back and put the shoes on the character again? Going and doing the press tour with that group of people again? I always ask myself those questions again. It starts with the story and character.

The actor was also asked why many major studios aren't that interested in making lower budget films anymore.

Lets go through it. You have the huge tentpole action: Marvel, DC Comics, “Avengers,” “Iron Man,” etc. After that, what do you got? At the bottom of that, you’ve got a “Dallas Buyers Club,” where you don’t even have $5 million to do it. You’ve got to do it in 27 days. The films I’ve been making are mid-budget or low-budget dramas. There are no superheroes. There are no franchises. Those were early to get made in the late ’80s, early ’90s. Robert Zemeckis and I met a few months ago, and he was like, “You could never make ‘Contact’ again today, because no studio will budget it.

Some will argue that Christopher Nolan was able to make INTERSTELLAR (which many have compared to CONTACT) but that was after the director made over $2.3 billion dollars for Warner Bros. with his The Dark Knight trilogy. I still don't know which comic book character would be a good fit for McConaughey, but I know I'm not the only one who would love it if he joined the Marvel or DC cinematic universe.

Matthew McConaughey's THE SEA OF TREES doesn't have a release date yet (although it premiered last week at Cannes to mixed reactions from the audience), but his American Civil War drama THE FREE STATE OF JONES is set to open on March 11, 2016.

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11:28PM on 05/19/2015
Captain Atom because a half naked Matthew McConaughey in silver paint is guaranteed box office.

Captain Atom because a half naked Matthew McConaughey in silver paint is guaranteed box office.

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5:54PM on 05/19/2015

maybe as a villain

I could see him as the antagonist but not as a marvel hero.
He is a great actor but utterly unlikeable in my eyes. I still wonder how much more I would have liked Interstellar without him
I could see him as the antagonist but not as a marvel hero.
He is a great actor but utterly unlikeable in my eyes. I still wonder how much more I would have liked Interstellar without him
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4:56PM on 05/19/2015
Seriously the wisest man on earth.
Seriously the wisest man on earth.
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4:41PM on 05/19/2015
Why not Adam Warlock?
Why not Adam Warlock?
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4:47PM on 05/19/2015
Well he certainly looks perfect for that.
Well he certainly looks perfect for that.
8:29PM on 05/19/2015
I said the same thing below. I think it would be perfect. However, you get two plus votes and I have a negative one, that makes sense.
I said the same thing below. I think it would be perfect. However, you get two plus votes and I have a negative one, that makes sense.
2:33AM on 05/20/2015
lol @brucealmighty, I don't take the vote system seriously, one of my posts had well over 100 downvotes. I think the most upvotes I have had was around 20. Had I seen your comment first, I probably wouldn't have posted this to be honest.
lol @brucealmighty, I don't take the vote system seriously, one of my posts had well over 100 downvotes. I think the most upvotes I have had was around 20. Had I seen your comment first, I probably wouldn't have posted this to be honest.
2:56PM on 05/19/2015
Love McConaughey, and he's one of my favorite actors... but i'm still hesitant about this. Everything he's done has been original, and I kind of want him to keep doing those types of projects instead of getting attached to a beast like Marvel or DC. But heck, I trust his take on scripts, so we'll see.
Love McConaughey, and he's one of my favorite actors... but i'm still hesitant about this. Everything he's done has been original, and I kind of want him to keep doing those types of projects instead of getting attached to a beast like Marvel or DC. But heck, I trust his take on scripts, so we'll see.
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1:40PM on 05/19/2015
I was initially thinking something along the lines of Guy Gardner, McConaughey would be a very easy way to make that character a big draw. A great performance can make even B and C level characters appealing. But I really like Tash226's idea of him as the cinematic Oliver Queen. Stephen Amell has made the charter cool, but I always saw Ollie as a lighter hearted character, and very preachy in a way that McConaughey would be absolutely perfect for.
I was initially thinking something along the lines of Guy Gardner, McConaughey would be a very easy way to make that character a big draw. A great performance can make even B and C level characters appealing. But I really like Tash226's idea of him as the cinematic Oliver Queen. Stephen Amell has made the charter cool, but I always saw Ollie as a lighter hearted character, and very preachy in a way that McConaughey would be absolutely perfect for.
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6:17PM on 05/19/2015
As much as I want to see Guy Gardner on screen (along with Booster and Beetle), he's not right for the part. A bulked up Rupert Grint, maybe?
As much as I want to see Guy Gardner on screen (along with Booster and Beetle), he's not right for the part. A bulked up Rupert Grint, maybe?
12:53PM on 05/19/2015
Adam warlock. He would be perfect leading the charge into infinity wars.
Adam warlock. He would be perfect leading the charge into infinity wars.
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11:28AM on 05/19/2015
Max Lord the Black King of Checkmate, no ones else would suit him.
Max Lord the Black King of Checkmate, no ones else would suit him.
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12:10PM on 05/19/2015
I could see that too and also agree that I can't see him doing anyone else.
I could see that too and also agree that I can't see him doing anyone else.
11:23AM on 05/19/2015
Not that I'm complaining but he could have made an awesome Joker.
Not that I'm complaining but he could have made an awesome Joker.
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11:09AM on 05/19/2015

Oliver Queen

If they are going with an older Batman, why not an older Green Arrow? Or in the Marvel side of things, how about Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange?
If they are going with an older Batman, why not an older Green Arrow? Or in the Marvel side of things, how about Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange?
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1:27PM on 05/19/2015
This.
This.
10:44AM on 05/19/2015
Shave his head, slap some green paint on him, and there's your Martian Man Hunter.
Shave his head, slap some green paint on him, and there's your Martian Man Hunter.
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11:18AM on 05/19/2015
well Alright Alright Alright
well Alright Alright Alright
10:37AM on 05/19/2015

Marvel/Stephen King

He's going to be Randall Flagg in The Stand, I would like him to play The Man in Black through The Dark Tower series.
He's going to be Randall Flagg in The Stand, I would like him to play The Man in Black through The Dark Tower series.
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10:33AM on 05/19/2015

Fatten him up

Junk food, fountain soda, multiple TVs and a lay-z-boy. It's time for that mo-fo to get all 'method' on everyone's asses and play Mojo
Junk food, fountain soda, multiple TVs and a lay-z-boy. It's time for that mo-fo to get all 'method' on everyone's asses and play Mojo
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10:31AM on 05/19/2015
To me, he would have been one awesome Punisher.
To me, he would have been one awesome Punisher.
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9:59AM on 05/19/2015
He's my top pick for Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
He's my top pick for Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
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10:06AM on 05/19/2015
Nice. Didn't think about that but now I'm definitely on board.
Nice. Didn't think about that but now I'm definitely on board.
10:28AM on 05/19/2015
That's a good call! I could see him play a really good Two-Face.

Another pic that would be right up your alley is Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. I know the current rumor is that they're going with John Stewart for the GL movie. But you never know....
That's a good call! I could see him play a really good Two-Face.

Another pic that would be right up your alley is Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. I know the current rumor is that they're going with John Stewart for the GL movie. But you never know....
10:31AM on 05/19/2015
Askier....hey, thanks.

And MickLoud, I could see him being a good, older Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Like you said, you never know.
Askier....hey, thanks.

And MickLoud, I could see him being a good, older Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Like you said, you never know.
10:32AM on 05/19/2015
He would be one scary Two-Face!
He would be one scary Two-Face!
9:42AM on 05/19/2015

Personally...

He's my choice for Gambit. He's thin, sinewy and has the whole southern charm thing going on. Did not care for Taylor Kitsch and I feel Channing Tatum is an even worse choice.
He's my choice for Gambit. He's thin, sinewy and has the whole southern charm thing going on. Did not care for Taylor Kitsch and I feel Channing Tatum is an even worse choice.
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10:01AM on 05/19/2015
That is actually a genius idea. Tatum has turned into a solid actor (was snubbed at the oscars for a nomination for Foxcatcher)

But his trying to play tough guy isnt always a home run, add to that him trying the southern charm shtick... im not too enthused about his turn as Gambit. (Is he 100% signed on for this flick?)
That is actually a genius idea. Tatum has turned into a solid actor (was snubbed at the oscars for a nomination for Foxcatcher)

But his trying to play tough guy isnt always a home run, add to that him trying the southern charm shtick... im not too enthused about his turn as Gambit. (Is he 100% signed on for this flick?)
10:27AM on 05/19/2015
From what I understand SkyNet, Tatum is 100% signed on for the flick. I believe he's making an appearance in Apocalypse and pre-production is already underway for the Gambit solo movie.

But yea, it's a shame MM won't be able to play the role. He could have rocked it for sure!
From what I understand SkyNet, Tatum is 100% signed on for the flick. I believe he's making an appearance in Apocalypse and pre-production is already underway for the Gambit solo movie.

But yea, it's a shame MM won't be able to play the role. He could have rocked it for sure!
10:44AM on 05/19/2015
Damn. Him playing Gambit would have been spot on.
Damn. Him playing Gambit would have been spot on.
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