Matthew McConaughey Doesn’t Care What You Think Of His Car Commercials

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Matthew McConaughey has been mocked for much of his professional career as maybe not being that great of an actor. People have long said things like “he’s just a set of abs,” or “he was only good in that little cameo in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

But in what might just be the greatest come from behind swing into critical acclaim in Hollywood history, McConaughey is now one of the most respected actors in the business. Roles like Dallas Buyer’s Club and Interstellar vaulted McConaughey into the loftiest realms of critical respect.

Of course, there has still been a bit of a blemish on what is otherwise an untarnished mask of respectability.The Lincoln commercials that McConaughey has been starring in have attracted quite a bit of mockery.

And for good reason, they’re sort of ridiculous. McConaughey drives around in a well-appointed luxury sedan while spouting weird pseudo-philosophical rants about time and responsibility.

But here’s the thing:

Matthew McConaughey doesn’t care what you think about his commercials.

In a recent interview with Esquire, he explained why he is going to keep doing them. When told that people question why an oscar winner would be shilling cars he said, “F–k that…I like ’em. And they pay well. And they allow me to go do all these other little movies for a lot more.”

There’s a lot to like about that answer. First, it’s hard to mock someone who just doesn’t care about what you think of him. And the fact that he is using the proceeds from his car commercials to fund his artistic pursuits is another reason it is tough to throw any kind of shade on him for doing them. There is a sort of integrity in it.

So good for you Matthew. Keep those car commercials coming. Just don’t go down the Robert DeNiro route.

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