Hewitt prefaced the question by saying that McConaughey is perceived by people as center-right, and that he could be governor of Texas.
“I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me,” McConaughey said. “Politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”
McConaughey said that right now, he thinks it’s important that Republicans and Democrats rebuild the social contract with one another.
“We don’t trust each other, and that leads to us not trust[ing] in ourselves,” the Academy Award winner said. “If that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy.” He added that the best way to make collective change is for individuals to “look in the mirror and say ‘how can I be a little bit better today?’”
As to whether entering politics is the best route, McConaughey said, “I still question how much you can really get done in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my avenue to get what maybe I am best equipped to get done.”
The actor later tamped down speculation about his political aspirations after his comments to Hewitt sparked a slew of articles wondering about his future. During an appearance on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, McConaughey said about running for office that he has “no plans to do that right now,” before adding that he would consider leadership roles where he could be the most useful.
In a recent interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast, McConaughey, who lives in Austin, talked about how he is working to encourage people who are moving from California to Texas to adapt to living in the state, rather than trying to recreate the same policies and attitudes they just fled. Rogan himself recently left California for Texas, citing California’s government as one of the main impetus for his move.
UNDERRATED MOVIE RECOMMENDATION: “Sahara” is a 2005 action-adventure movie based on the book of the same name by best-selling author Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz, Rainn Wilson, and William H. Macy in the search for a lost Civil War ironclad.
The movie is a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond, with a lot of humor injected into the action sequences thanks to the dynamic between McConaughey and Zahn. The movie’s lackluster performance and legal disputes stopped it from turning into a franchise, which is unfortunate because there are dozens of other Cussler books that follow the same main characters that would have been fun to watch.