Matthew McConuahgey sat down on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show for an interview that aired Sunday in the UK. The star is there to talk about Gold, but it’s another topic that might get the star into some controversy with his pals back in Hollywood. While discussing his character in the film, the interviewer asks McConaughey about our current president and the feelings he inspires in the public. With the president dividing Americans left and right, McConaughey decides to say it is time to give him a break. Mostly because they “they don’t have a choice now”:
“He’s our president. And it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years.”
People points out that there’s no indication that the interview took place after the immigration ban was announced, noting that McConaughey’s wife Camila Alves is a Brazilian immigrant who came here when she was fifteen. His comments diverge from most of Hollywood and are almost the opposite of what we heard at Sunday’s SAG awards. The spirit behind McConaughey’s words is admirable, but you would have to think they’re going to be a hard sell to those who have been speaking out against the president.