Year Of Matthew McConaughey: Celebrating The Oscar Nominee’s Career Makeover

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1. Take good parts in strong projects, even if they’re cameos.

Rather than helm an underwhelming romantic comedy starring the latest in what’s been a rotating cast of gorgeous female counterparts, MM wisely chose smart roles that didn’t necessarily give him top billing. He stole much of the first Wolf of Wall Street trailer with his chest-bumping even though he’s in 15 minutes of the film (tops). He’s not the lead in Magic Mike, or even considered one of the club’s premier dancers, but Dallas leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth you simply can’t get from the questionable drinks at the Xquisite bar. And he gets to strip. Fugazi, fugazi, right?

2. Remind people that you’re gorgeous, but keep it classy.

Matthew McConaughey Scarlett Johansson Dolce & Gabbana

[Photo Credit: Dolce & Gabbana]

With so many shirtless running photos and so many shirtless movie roles, we were beginning to take McConaughey’s handsomeness for granted. One way to fix that is by starring in a glamorous ad for Dolce & Gabanna opposite Scarlett Johansson and directed by Martin Scorsese. Yes, this cowboy cleans up well.

3. Be yourself.

McConaughey told The Graham Norton Show that his iconic chest-beating in The Wolf of Wall Street was based on something he does before takes to “relax” and “get [his] voice to drop.” His unique ritual made it on camera at the request of his costar, Leonardo DiCaprio.