Q&A with actor Matthew McConaughey

It's cultish, and a cult-like storyline that not everybody is running around going, "Oh, I want to lay $100 million in your lap." That's why we told it, and it helps to get us where we are today. The only way we got people like Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson (to appear in the film) was that I have personal relationships with them.

Bankrate: What was your role as producer on this film?

Matthew McConaughey: A little bit of everything. Main role as a producer is to balance a couple of things. You've got to help the director tell the story and you've got to be aware of the finances. You are responsible for knowing that it's not free to play in that sandbox you're playing in. You have a budget and time constraints. With that comes a lot of decision making. I had a lot of decisions to make daily. It was either about this shot or that shot, because we've got 15 minutes to get one, and can't get both. I've got to make a money decision because the clock is ticking. Production was 28 days and postproduction about eight or nine months of more financial decision making. A lot of times, it's "noes" and "yes'es."

Bankrate: You are known as much lately for your acting abilities as for your tanned physique.

Matthew McConaughey: Yeah (laughs). Actually, the stuff about me being shirtless lately came from working on this movie. I mean, even my friend Matt Damon made fun of me, and I think it's on YouTube. But the movie's character was a surfer and I started surfing to get ready for this film. I've been surfing a little less than two years. I wasn't a big surfer before. So the film and the script came first. Then as soon as we got into production, we found financing and then I started to surf. But I found that I really like being out there, so I'll continue with it.

Bankrate: Now that you're a dad, are you looking forward to having that bonding time with your son in that type of carefree world?

Matthew McConaughey: Absolutely, and that's why he travels with us already so much. We want to get him out into the world and make sure he's not held back in any way. We are privileged enough to be able to live someplace where we have a lot of nature around us. He's outdoors as much as he's indoors. That's how I was raised, because we were raised in the country. But not every place has that. I like the city. I enjoy it. But I also want some space. He's going to be out in the middle of it, too. He'll be getting salty soon.

Bankrate: I'm sure fatherhood has changed you in some ways.

Matthew McConaughey: Well, sure. It's made me realize how much Camila means to me. Everything is right and all is good between us, and the three of us. I've got to tell ya, I always wanted to be a father and thought it would be great, but it just took the right woman and the right time to make it happen. This is a great time for me. We're a happy family now. I see the future, and it's clearer to me now. I have a lot more responsibilities now, but it's a great thing. And we have (to have) a little bit more prep time put into going places and doing things, getting him ready. But it's amazing, and we're having a wonderful time.

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