A paycheck worth $14.5 million is a huge sum, even for some famous A-listers. And they would think honestly many times before refusing it. However, that was no problem for Matthew McConaughey.
This incident took a decade back (which makes this check even more valuable than today given the year). 2010 was a big year for the actor and he had done many rom-com movies. They were all awesome… the list includes hits like The Wedding Planner, Failure To Launch, Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Fool’s Gold, and of course, How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days!
All of those movies grossed over $100 million worldwide, but suddenly all he was getting were the rom-com movie deals!
How did Matthew react to the offers?
Matthew decided to change his reputation and opt for more serious and versatile roles after doing romantic comedies. He was labeled as the Romcom guy and he wasn’t really happy. When asked about his guy label “Rom-com”, he gave an honest answer, saying: “And I own that, because I’m like, ‘You’re really right, these rom-coms are paying for the house that I’m renting on the beach that I’m going shirtless on. Guilty of that, you know?
He further opened up about these upcoming deals and said, “Romantic comedies remained my only consistent box office hits, making them my only consistent incoming deals”. He added, “For me personally, I enjoyed being able to give people a little minute romantic getaway away from the stresses of their lives where they didn’t have to think about anything, just watch the boy chase the girl. , falling, then getting up and finally picking it up. I had taken over from Hugh Grant and ran with it.
Him quitting Rom-Com movies
He had just finished all the Rom-Com movies and decided he was going to quit. He went and told his agent and the team: “I don’t do those anymore.”
After this decision, life was not easy. He couldn’t find a job for almost a year. But he was very adamant about his decision. And he got a pretty incredible offer worth $14.5 million, but he was just done with rom-com. He felt it gave a message to people in the industry and they took it seriously to quit the genre.
He gave details of this offer:
An offer comes in for an eight million dollar screenplay, I said, “No thanks.” They come back with 10 million, I say, ‘No thanks.’ They return $12.5 million and eventually $14.6 million for the role.
He just told them he would review the script jokingly.
Just to give an idea of how much they were willing to overpay him for a role; Tom Holland received 15.5 million for the three Spider-Man films. Matthew was offered $14.5 million for ONE MOVIE ONLY.
But this move paid off well. In 2013, he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.