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Matthew McConaughey turned down over $15 million to star in the Magnum, P.I. movie

Sep. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Everyone loves a good comeback. The most recent example would be Robert Downey Jr who went from a Lindsey Lohan level of downfall to become one of the top paid actors in the world. Matthew McConaughey had the potential to be a top level star and after a string of bad romantic comedies and films like SAHARA, he all but disappeared into obscurity. It would have been easy for him to keep cashing paychecks but he made a conscious decision to change his career path.

That change seems to have been triggered in 2008 when, according to The Hollywood Reporter, McConaughey was offered $15 million (and 15% of the back end) to star in MAGNUM, P.I. for Universal. The remake of the Tom Selleck television series would have surely been a hit if surrounded with the right script, cast, and director, but it never made it to theaters. McConaughey is instead the talk of Hollywood with his recent turns in KILLER JOE, BERNIE, MUD, and his physical transformation for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB for which he was paid around $200,000. Now, McConaughey is starring in Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR, a film that will certainly propel him to the top of many director's lists for future movies.

It seems that we don't get actors too often willing to make these types of choices and I see comments all the time that some take awful projects just for the money. If we had more actors like Matthew McConaughey, maybe we would have better movies out there.

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4:00PM on 09/11/2013
Not gonna lie, I would have been mildly interested in this
Not gonna lie, I would have been mildly interested in this
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4:00PM on 09/11/2013
I'd say he dodged a bullet right there. Good on him.
I'd say he dodged a bullet right there. Good on him.
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4:11PM on 09/11/2013
looks like it might have been a good choice since he seems to be going through a ben Affleck kinda comeback, the lesson for him is, read the scripts and pick wisely: Lincoln lawyer= good, sahara= BAD
looks like it might have been a good choice since he seems to be going through a ben Affleck kinda comeback, the lesson for him is, read the scripts and pick wisely: Lincoln lawyer= good, sahara= BAD
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6:02PM on 09/14/2013
ok.. sahara= bad (to some people) lol
ok.. sahara= bad (to some people) lol
6:57PM on 09/11/2013
I enjoyed sahara
I enjoyed sahara
4:19PM on 09/11/2013

I would've watched the heck out of that movie

But glad to see him come back as strong as he did. He's been on a serious streak of awesomeness.
But glad to see him come back as strong as he did. He's been on a serious streak of awesomeness.
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4:19PM on 09/11/2013

McConaughey is my favourite comeback story.

I didn't even value him as an actor until the last couple years, but his very clear decision to try to reinvent his career has done wonders. He's been in four of my favourite movies of the past couple years (Mud, Bernie, Killer Joe, and The Paperboy which was very underrated); Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar all seem to have vast potential as well, and could be a hot 7-for-7. That's a remarkable comeback for a guy who was playing cheeseball roles in shlock romantic
I didn't even value him as an actor until the last couple years, but his very clear decision to try to reinvent his career has done wonders. He's been in four of my favourite movies of the past couple years (Mud, Bernie, Killer Joe, and The Paperboy which was very underrated); Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar all seem to have vast potential as well, and could be a hot 7-for-7. That's a remarkable comeback for a guy who was playing cheeseball roles in shlock romantic comedies opposite Jennifer Garner and Sarah Jessica Parker. The fact that he turned down this offer makes me respect him even more.
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5:32PM on 09/11/2013
I always thought Matthew McConaughey had better potential than his choice of roles would suggest, but all those rom-coms and SAHARA convinced me he was being lazy and just in it for the fat paycheques. Maybe it was having a kid, or looking at his past movies and going, "WFT?" but I like where he's going as an actor.

That said, if they ever decide to make a Travis McGee movie, he'd be a natural for the role.
I always thought Matthew McConaughey had better potential than his choice of roles would suggest, but all those rom-coms and SAHARA convinced me he was being lazy and just in it for the fat paycheques. Maybe it was having a kid, or looking at his past movies and going, "WFT?" but I like where he's going as an actor.

That said, if they ever decide to make a Travis McGee movie, he'd be a natural for the role.
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6:17PM on 09/11/2013
Holy shit! His conversion to good actor is complete.
Holy shit! His conversion to good actor is complete.
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6:55PM on 09/11/2013
films like Sahara? What are you talkin bout? I loved that movie! Hmmm.. him as Magnum I'm not sure though. He does however have a beautiful stache in Dallas Buyers Club, so I guess one will never know. I think it makes him look more hispanic though. I've always liked him as an actor, so I hope he keeps trucking along and gets some really great roles.
films like Sahara? What are you talkin bout? I loved that movie! Hmmm.. him as Magnum I'm not sure though. He does however have a beautiful stache in Dallas Buyers Club, so I guess one will never know. I think it makes him look more hispanic though. I've always liked him as an actor, so I hope he keeps trucking along and gets some really great roles.
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7:03PM on 09/11/2013
Love RDJ and McConaughey in Tropic thunder in which Tugg speedman(Ben stiller) makes a comeback
Love RDJ and McConaughey in Tropic thunder in which Tugg speedman(Ben stiller) makes a comeback
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7:03PM on 09/11/2013
Love RDJ and McConaughey in Tropic thunder in which Tugg speedman(Ben stiller) makes a comeback
Love RDJ and McConaughey in Tropic thunder in which Tugg speedman(Ben stiller) makes a comeback
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7:24PM on 09/11/2013
I am glad McConaughey didnt star in the Magnum, nothing against him but you need a more rough and smooth type.
I am glad McConaughey didnt star in the Magnum, nothing against him but you need a more rough and smooth type.
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7:55PM on 09/11/2013
I could see him as Gambit.
I could see him as Gambit.
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7:33AM on 09/12/2013
The problem is that Taylor Kitsch already played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This may not be an insurmountable problem as Liev Schreiber played Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine after Tyler Mane had played Sabretooth in x-Men. That means that Fox is open to recasting actors. They also may end up ignoring X-Men Origins: Wolverine: there was a character that looked like Emma Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but apparently that was not Emma Frost; similarly Ryan Reynolds has said
The problem is that Taylor Kitsch already played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This may not be an insurmountable problem as Liev Schreiber played Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine after Tyler Mane had played Sabretooth in x-Men. That means that Fox is open to recasting actors. They also may end up ignoring X-Men Origins: Wolverine: there was a character that looked like Emma Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but apparently that was not Emma Frost; similarly Ryan Reynolds has said that if they ever make a Deadpool movie then X-Men Origins: Wolverine would NOT be considered canon.

I think the big question, as Gambit has not been cast for DOFP, is whether or not Gambit would be a character in the X-Force movie and, if so, if the movie coming out in 2016 would be set in 2016 and, if so, if Gambit would now be in his sixties (if he was in his twenties in the 70s).

Incidentally, Chris Claremont has said that he always had Harry Connick Jr. in mind for Gambit. But Matthew McConaughey is a better actor than Harry Connick Jr.
8:08PM on 09/11/2013
Maybe. I still think Josh Holloway and Alexander Skarsgaard would make for excellent Gambit's.
Maybe. I still think Josh Holloway and Alexander Skarsgaard would make for excellent Gambit's.
8:19PM on 09/11/2013
The guy is on fire right now. And add to the fact he has an HBO showing coming out soon which will probably be great too.

If Marvel were smart (not that they're not) they would cast him as Ant Man. And I think he would be perfect for the role.
The guy is on fire right now. And add to the fact he has an HBO showing coming out soon which will probably be great too.

If Marvel were smart (not that they're not) they would cast him as Ant Man. And I think he would be perfect for the role.
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4:22AM on 09/12/2013
The big drawback is that he is already 43 and will be 44 in November so they might not consider him for the role because Robert Downey Junior is only 48 and he's already talking about maybe not doing Iron Man anymore. The big question is whether would be up for what could be a fifteen year commitment (if they keep the same cast and reach Avengers 6). If he is then Robert Downey Junior could quit after Avengers 3 and Matthew McConaughey could have a bigger role from then on. The question is
The big drawback is that he is already 43 and will be 44 in November so they might not consider him for the role because Robert Downey Junior is only 48 and he's already talking about maybe not doing Iron Man anymore. The big question is whether would be up for what could be a fifteen year commitment (if they keep the same cast and reach Avengers 6). If he is then Robert Downey Junior could quit after Avengers 3 and Matthew McConaughey could have a bigger role from then on. The question is whether or not they will deal with the entire story arc from the comics (Pym becoming Giant Man and then Yellowjacket and marrying the wasp). Unfortunately Pym's downward spiral in the comics had a lot to do with his guilt over creating Ultron which he wouldn't have in the movies. Perhaps they could do the Demon in the Bottle storyline with Hank Pym instead of Tony Stark with a drunken Giant Man having to be taken down by the Avengers.
8:22AM on 09/12/2013
The man was Wooderson in Dazed and Confused - In my opinion he'll never need to comeback from anything.
The man was Wooderson in Dazed and Confused - In my opinion he'll never need to comeback from anything.
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2:44PM on 09/12/2013

Some roles are so iconic...

In my book the only man that could realistically play Thomas Sullivan Magnum is Tom Selleck.
Really, CBS just needs to make a decent revisited type movie with Selleck and the gang.
He said he would be down for this but didn't want a cameo in a theatrical version.
Hollywood producers need to realize that some television characters are so identified with the actors who
played them that any attempt to update with another actor can become laughable.
Remember the disaster of Ving Rhames as
In my book the only man that could realistically play Thomas Sullivan Magnum is Tom Selleck.
Really, CBS just needs to make a decent revisited type movie with Selleck and the gang.
He said he would be down for this but didn't want a cameo in a theatrical version.
Hollywood producers need to realize that some television characters are so identified with the actors who
played them that any attempt to update with another actor can become laughable.
Remember the disaster of Ving Rhames as Kojak? Could anyone imagine another actor playing Jim
Rockford other than Jim Garner?
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3:26PM on 09/12/2013
It's to his credit that he said no to a truckload of cash, because a movie of Magnum PI sounds terrible. Smooth guy in a Ferrari investigating crimes - two ways they could handle it, either relatively serious or a parody of the original series. The fact that you've pretty much got to have the Ferrari and a moustache for it to be Magnum suggests maybe a parody would work better, but I just don't see a market for this film at all. With luck it'll just be forgotten about.
It's to his credit that he said no to a truckload of cash, because a movie of Magnum PI sounds terrible. Smooth guy in a Ferrari investigating crimes - two ways they could handle it, either relatively serious or a parody of the original series. The fact that you've pretty much got to have the Ferrari and a moustache for it to be Magnum suggests maybe a parody would work better, but I just don't see a market for this film at all. With luck it'll just be forgotten about.
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4:19PM on 09/12/2013

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4:24PM on 09/12/2013
Always Loved him as an actor, I still remember seeing A time to Kill and was blown away by how good he was, after a few years in the wilderness I am glad he is back, very underated in my opinion.
Always Loved him as an actor, I still remember seeing A time to Kill and was blown away by how good he was, after a few years in the wilderness I am glad he is back, very underated in my opinion.
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