Matthew McConaughey shared a story about people in Hollywood hiding their Christian faith.
The actor was a guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast Thursday (“The Joe Rogan Experience” episode #1552, released Oct. 22) where he shared a story about seeing people that he prayed with hold their applause when he thanked God during an award speech, due to fear of being seen.
McConaughey said that he personally didn’t have any difficulties expressing his faith, but, “I have had – and I won’t throw any people under the bus – but I have had moments where I was on stage receiving an award in front of my peers in Hollywood, and there were people in the crowd that I have prayed with, before dinners, many times, and when I thanked God, I saw some of those people go to clap, but then notice that, ‘whoa, whoa, could be a bad thing on my resume’ and then sit back on their hands,” McConaughey said with a laugh.
“I’ve seen people read the room and go, ‘whoa, that wouldn’t bode well for me in the future,’” McConaughey said. “I’ve witnessed that. I don’t, I don’t judge them for it, I just wish, you know – it seems like a silly argument.”
McConaughey mentioned to Rogan a point often brought up by their mutual friend Jordan Peterson, which is that there are some people in the entertainment industry who “go to the illiberal Left side so far that it’s so condescending and patronizing to 50 percent of the world.”
Peterson is a professor, psychologist, and author of “12 Rules for Life.”
McConaughey said that to delegitimize somebody because they are a believer is, “just so arrogant, and in some ways hypocritical to me.”
In response to a question from Rogan, McConaughey said he hasn’t gotten into trouble for [his Christian faith]. “I haven’t measured or noticed where it has harmed or gotten in way of what I wanted to achieve in Hollywood,” he said, to which Rogan quickly replied, “I think you slipped through the net. You got far enough down the river where it’s not going to be a problem.”
During the two hour discussion they also talked about how McConaughey lost weight for Dallas Buyer’s Club, the 2013 movie for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
McConaughey calls on country to embrace election results
In an Oct. 21 appearance on Fox and Friends, McConaughey called on the country to embrace the election results, whichever way it goes.
McConaughey told the Fox and Friends host that he has a theme in his new book “Greenlights” about how it’s important to face the inevitable and not be in denial, and that applies to the upcoming election as well as life in general. He said that the results of the 2020 election aren’t inevitable yet, but “after that happens, whether it’s an incumbent in Trump or whether it’s Biden, after it happens is when it’s time to get constructive and not be in denial.”
He made similar comments in 2017 during an interview with the BBC, in which McConaughey said some people refused to accept the results of the 2016 election.
Referring to the upcoming 2020 election, he said, “Whichever way it goes, I hope that it’s clean and there’s no debate, and that we can head into 2021 knowing who, very clearly, who our commander in chief is.”
McConaughey said that he’s thought about who he will vote for, but that he is going to keep that to himself.
Author of “Greenlights”
The actor and author is currently promoting his new book, “Greenlights,” which draws from journals he’s kept from since he was 14 years old. McConaughey said by looking back at the journals whenever he was in a rut, he was able to look back at times when things were going well (when he was “catching greenlights”) and dissect patterns and learn from those times.