How the Rumor That Matthew McConaughey Is Running for Governor of Texas Got Started

Matthew McConaughey, the actor seen in films such as Dallas Buyers Club, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Mud, among several others, recently made headlines about considering running for governor of Texas. While McConaughey seemed to shut down those rumors more recently, how did the story get off the ground in the first place?

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Matthew McConaughey attends the Austin FC Major League Soccer club announcement of 4 new investors including himself as the “Minister of Culture” at 3TEN ACL Live on Aug. 23, 2019 | Rick Kern/Getty Images

It all started on Hugh Hewitt‘s radio program, when McConaughey was asked if he would ever run for governor of Texas, especially considering the actor is viewed as “center-right,” and the state tends to lean red.

“I don’t know,” the movie star responded. “I mean, that wouldn’t be up to — it would be up to the people more than it would me.” Still, McConaughey didn’t give Hewitt a solid “yes,” whatsoever.

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested,” the actor continued. That last part — in which it sounds like McConaughey is leaving the door to political ambitions ajar for the future — is probably where the rumor really picked up juice.

The actor also shared some of his personal political beliefs.

“I’m all for the individual … the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘how can I be a little bit better today?’” McConaughey said in the radio interview. However, he doesn’t want to take that platform to the governor’s house any time soon.

“We gotta stabilize, this country’s gotta stabilize first, before we start to say, ‘OK, here’s how we’re marching out of this together forward,’” McConaughey explained.

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When McConaughey joined host Stephen Colbert in an interview on The Late Show, the issue was brought up again.

“I have no plans to do that right now,” the Interstellar alum told the talk show host. However, Colbert wanted more of an answer. McConaughey clarified his response, repeating some of the same ideas he shared with Hewitt:

Look, right now, no. I don’t get politics. Politics seems to be a broken business, politics needs to redefine its purpose. … as I move forward in life, yes, am I gonna consider leadership roles where I can be most useful. I’d love to. I’m doing that regardless. … That’s where I sit right now.

So, how did the rumor of McConaughey’s gubernatorial ambitions get started in the first place?

“I’ve been asked that question … quite a bit lately,” the actor answered. Referring to the Hewitt interview, McConaughey continued: “And I’ve always kind of given the same answer but evidently one of them came out as ‘I would consider it,’ since I didn’t say absolutely ‘no.’”

“OK, so: ‘I would consider it,’ — Matthew McConaughey.” the Late Show host quipped. “That stands?”

“Whatever leadership role I can be most useful in,” McConaughey replied. “And I don’t know that that’s politics. Right now, I don’t see it as politics.”

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