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McConaughey talks overnight fame

Published 11/03/2013 | 13:21

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Matthew McConaughey had to learn to deal with his overnight fame

Matthew McConaughey has admitted he's had to work on accepting his celebrity status.

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The Mud actor shot to fame in A Time To Kill in 1996 and revealed in a speech about his career at the SXSW festival that it changed his life overnight, reported EW.com.

He said: "After A Time To Kill I basically got famous over a weekend. The hundred things that I was seeing the Friday before A Time To Kill there were 99 no's, you can't do that, and 1 yes. Well that Monday there was 99 yes's and 1 no.

"I went 'whoa!' I was in a place where I was like man, I want to do anything, now I have to be discerning and discriminate? It was exhilarating, titles of songs came to my head, it was really cool going through a grocery line and seeing myself on the cover of a magazine! Things like that were fun."

But Matthew - who has three children with wife Camila Alves - said "the world became a mirror very quickly" once he found fame.

He continued: "Over the weekend there were more mirrors in the world everywhere.

"The challenge for me as an actor is if you become a celebrity you don't meet strangers any more. And strangers are where we have our anonymity. And I believe it's essential for the soul to be anonymous, especially if you're going to be an actor...

"And I had to learn to go find it. And then I had to embrace it, and go OK, if someone comes up 'Hey, how's Miss Hud?' Instead of going 'Wait a minute, how'd you know I have a dog? How'd you know her name was Miss Hud?' I now understand it's part of it."

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