Matthew McConaughey is one of those actors who's a household name no matter what he decides to do. Everyone knows who he is, and he has has a pretty large fan base. However, Matthew is known mostly for his commercial appeal, largely from the numerous romantic comedies he's done over the past two decades. He's famous for movies like 'The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' and 'How To Lose a Guy in 10 days', rather than his most recent work.
However, Matthew has a new interview with Details Magazine as part of his April 2013 cover issue where he discusses the transition from romantic comedies to dramas. He says, "I never said, 'Oh, I want to go do darker or edgier stuff...I just said, 'I'm going to take some time off. I have to take care of my family right now. We've got the means in the bank account, we've got a roof over our head, we're gonna eat well, we're fine. So let's take some introspective time.'"
He adds, "I enjoyed what I was doing, but I felt like it last time and I can do it again tomorrow. I just wanted to shake in my boots. I want to go deal with some real consequence in films. I remember writing this down: 'I want to be able to hang my hat on the humanity of the character every day."
He also says that his wife has been one of the most supportive people of his new attitude, and he hopes to continue making films with dramatic weight and consequence. Matthew's next few films are 'The Dallas Buyers Club' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street', both prestige projects that could see him campaigning for an Oscar next year during awards season.