Matthew McConaughey feared family backlash for acting career

By YOU
28 January 2017

Matthew McConaughey was afraid of being disowned by his father for becoming an actor.

The Academy Award-winning Dallas Buyers Club star embarked on a Hollywood career while he was a student at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1990s, but at the time stepping into a creative profession seemed doomed.

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"I didn't go down the same path as my family," McConaughey recalled to CNN while promoting his new movie, Gold. "I was headed towards law school ... and I remember being very nervous on the night when I called (my dad) my sophomore year of college to tell him I wanted to change my course direction to go to film school. I really thought he was going to be 'Not on my dime. Like hell you will.' "

However, his dad offered a surprising response: "He paused and I remember him saying, 'Is that what you want to do?' and I said 'Yes, sir' and he paused again and he said, 'Well, don't half a** it.' And that was the end."

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Although everything went well when he broke the news to his father, Matthew admits his grades suffered as he pursued his heart's calling.

"I had to wear a pager in college...and I'd go, 'If this pager goes off in the middle of class, I'm going to leave and I'm going to drive to Dallas,' is where I would drive to go audition for some commercial or ad," he shared. "I remember going to (my teachers) and saying, 'look, I'm doing something to try and get work after I get out of college, would you just give me a C if I miss too many classes? I'll be there for the major test, just give me a C.' I made a lot of C's."

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