TWO FOR THE MONEY
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY (Brandon Lang / John Anthony) broke into
Hollywood chasing girls as David Wooderson in Richard Linklater's 1993 coming-of-age
comedy Dazed and Confused. He soon became the one being chased as one of the
industry's leading young men. His critical breakthrough performance came with his
1996 role as the righteous young defense lawyer Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill, adapted
from John Grisham's bestseller, co-starring Samuel Jackson, Kevin Spacey and Sandra
He is currently shooting the upcoming romantic comedy Failure to Launch with
Sarah Jessica Parker. And the recent box-office hit Sahara, which opened at number one,
was the first major motion picture produced by McConaughey 's production company,
j.k. livin'. The action adventure also starred PenÃ©lope Cruz and Steve Zahn.
Since McConaughey 's feature film debut 12 years ago, he has earned a wide
array of credits working with some of the industry's top actors and directors.
In February 2003 McConaughey starred with Kate Hudson in the romantic
comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, opening at number one at $23.8 million—an alltime
high for McConaughey—and achieving a domestic box-office total of over $106
In 2002, McConaughey showed his diverse acting talent in three very different
roles. He played an attorney whose morality is challenged after a life-changing
experience in the ensemble film Thirteen Conversations About One Thing.
McConaughey appeared in the horror/thriller Frailty, written and directed by Bill Paxton.
And he starred in the sci-fi action film Reign of Fire, in which he and co-star Christian
Bale try to save the world from fire-breathing dragons.
After earning rave reviews and overnight stardom with his performance in Joel
Schumacher's A Time to Kill, McConaughey starred as Roger S. Baldwin in Steven
Spielberg's Amistad with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman. He played Palmer
Joss opposite Jodie Foster in Robert Zemeckis' Contact and later teamed with Woody
Harrelson, Jenna Elfman and Ellen DeGeneres in Ron Howard's Edtv. Other credits
include Angels in the Outfield, Lone Star, Glory Days and U-571, which also starred Bill
Paxton. In January 2001, he played Steve Edison, Jennifer Lopez' love interest in Adam
Shankman's hit romantic comedy The Wedding Planner.
McConaughey 's production company, j.k. livin', has projects in development at
Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. j.k.
livin' executive produced the acclaimed feature documentary Hands on a Hardbody. The
company collaborated with Sandra Bullock's Fortis Films, producing Making
Sandwiches, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. McConaughey also wrote
and directed the short films The Rebel and Chicano Chariots.
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