Matthew McConaughey frightened woman at audition by brandishing spoon for supporting movie role

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Matthew McConaughey revealed he had to get pretty scary and physical with a volunteer during an audition in order to land his second movie role.

Prior to being an Oscar winner, McConaughey was a struggling Texas actor who thirsted for any job. Following his leading role as the notoriously laid back Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused,” the actor landed a starring role in the fourth film “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” where he played the much less laid back character Vilmer.

In a new video shared on his YouTube channel, McConaughey reflected on the role as an example of a role he didn’t initially sign on. In fact, he only worked on the film because he thought it would be a quick gig.

The actor explained that he filmed “Dazed and Confused” in Austin, Texas. the previous summer before returning to school and completing their final year. He had packed his things in a U-haul ready for a move to Hollywood when he landed a small, non-speaking role in the 1994 slasher movie as the man who sets off at sunset on a motorcycle with the character of Renee. Zellweger after her “night of hell” – as the actor put it.

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Matthew McConaughey explained how he landed his second movie role wielding a spoon as a weapon.
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Matthew McConaughey explained how he landed his second movie role wielding a spoon as a weapon.
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“No line, just a sort of Romeo to Juliet character running away,” he explained.

However, when asked to recommend people for the role of the film’s most sinister antagonist, psychopathic tow truck driver Vilmer, he suggested a few names before realizing he wanted to play the role himself- same. Unfortunately, the director wanted him to audition on location, but he wasn’t sure McConaughey could as there was no actress to read with him. Fortunately, her career was saved by a very helpful secretary.

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“The girl who was the secretary said ‘I’ll do it!’ and I said ‘OK’ and at that point I ran to the kitchen which was in that house where the office was, grabbed a big tablespoon from the drawer, came back and I just pinned it in the corner and I acted like it was a gun, ”he shares in the video. “And did it until she cried.”

Eventually the scene got so intense that the others shouted “cut!”

Although he scared the young woman, the director found that the audition went incredibly well and the young woman couldn’t help but agree.

“Well, I had to unbox the U-haul and go to sleep on a friend’s couch for the next 30 days,” McConaughey concluded as he landed his lead role in the film.

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Although he is known for his debut in “Dazed and Confused,” the following years were quite eventful for the aspiring actor thanks to two Texas-based projects that supported him before coming to Los Angeles. Later that same year he would have a role in “Angels in the Outfield” and the following year he was in “Boys on the Side”.

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Soon after, thanks in no small part to his captivating freshness in his first role and his equally captivating horror in his second, McConaughey became the household name he is today.

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