Matthew McConaughey Shuts Down Donald Trump Question In Awkward TV Interview

Alicia Vrajlal
·Editor, HuffPost Australia
·4-min read

If you want to pick the brain of Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey about politics and the upcoming US election, put aside a good chunk of your time or consider it a no-go zone.

On Wednesday night, the Hollywood star shut down Australian TV presenter Carrie Bickmore’s question about US President Donald Trump, saying he needed “a longer forum” to answer that to avoid his words being misconstrued.

When Carrie asked “how he felt” about Trump ahead of the November 3 election, the interview on ‘The Project’ took an awkward turn.

“How do I feel about him?”McConaughey responded. “I want a fuller context and a longer form to talk about that.”

Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey shut down a question about Donald Trump while appearing on 'The Project' on Wednesday. (Photo: Channel 10)
Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey shut down a question about Donald Trump while appearing on 'The Project' on Wednesday. (Photo: Channel 10)

“If I said something to you now, one line could be taken out of context and could be put into a headline, so I don’t want to take the chance for that.

“I need a longer forum where I know it’s word for word [and] everything I’m saying is being broadcast.”

“Well, let’s lock in that chat for another day!” Carrie then responded, looking a little taken aback by his response.

Though he doesn’t speak much about politics, the 50-year-old answered a question about Trump while promoting his film ‘Gold’ in 2017.

During a recorded sit-down chat with UK’s ChannelFI ― which was later taken down from YouTube ― the interviewer first suggested the film is about “redneck America sticking one up to the snotty East Coast and the elites” before directly asking Matthew for his views on Trump.

“Every single American actor or arty type who comes over to London dumps on Trump. You all completely hate him. Do you think it’s time that maybe Hollywood and the cultural elite of America gave this guy a break?” the interviewer asked the actor.

“They don’t have a choice now. He’s our president,” Matthew responded, before launching into a longer response.

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“It’s very dynamic, and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we’ve ever had,” he said.

“At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace, shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years, so anyone, even those who most strongly may disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done, which we’ll see what he does compared to what he had said, no matter how much you’ve even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be because he’s our president for the next four years at least. President of the United States.”

Meanwhile on Wednesday, the movie star appeared on the Channel 10 news and current affairs show to speak about his memoir, ‘Greenlights’.

In an excerpt of the book shared by People, he gave details of his parents’ volatile relationship ― and how it came to an end.

US President Donald Trump waves at the end of a reelection campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves at the end of a reelection campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The Oscar winner revealed that his father, James McConaughey, died while having sex with his mother, Kay. It was just how his dad predicted, the actor recalled.

“I got a call from my Mum. ‘Your dad died.’ My knees buckled,” Matthew wrote. “I couldn’t believe it. He was my dad. Nobody or nothing could kill him. Except mum. He’d always told me and my brothers, ‘Boys, when I go, I’m gonna be makin’ love to your mother.’ And that’s what happened. He had a heart attack when he climaxed.”

The ‘Beach Bum’ actor, who was born after his parents married each other for the third time, characterised their bond as “the Pacific Ocean in a storm.”

With additional reporting by Bill Bradley and Ron Dicker (HuffPost US).

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost Australia and has been updated.