If you have any doubts about actor Matthew McConaughey’s pop-culture relevance, all you need to do is scroll through the Interwebz, visit your local cinema, or turn on your television set to get a dose of everyone’s favorite fun-loving Texan. He won this year’s Oscar for Best Actor for his role as an AIDS-stricken homophobe in Dallas Buyers Club, wowed critics and TV fans for his portrayal of an esoteric gumshoe sleuth in HBO’s True Detective, and now he’s at it again, soaring though the cosmos in the name of mankind in director Christopher Nolan’s space opera Interstellar.
McConaughey plays Cooper, an emotionally damaged ex-pilot struggling to raise two children in a world where hope is slim to none. Set in a near-future where the planet’s food supply is quickly dwindling and dust storms are ravaging cities, the film is a visual masterpiece that melds melodrama with heart-pounding CGI. It’s a thought-provoking piece of cinema that will blow audience’s minds and will dole out timely lessons on themes such as exploration and self-preservation.
Speaking of lessons, in celebration of The McConnaissance–a term coined for McConaughey’s indubitable resurgence–we’ve prepared a man manual based on his repertoire of flicks. From girl knowledge to trust issues to how many times to you need to shave your carrot, Matthew’s here to help every tunay na lalake out in times of turmoil.
Interstellar is proof that the McConnaissance is upon us. And it doesn’t look like it’s about to leave our galaxy any time soon!
1) DAZED AND CONFUSED
The character: The pot-smoking, chick-lovin’ David Wooderson, whose ’70s porn 'stache, bellbottoms, and Beatles haircut were a hit with the groovy ladies
On screwing authority: “Let me tell you this, the older you get, the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep living man, L-I-V-I-N.”
Lesson learned: Getting high on grass can release your inner-rebel, allowing you to confront societal issues with a damn-the-man attitude. However, it can also negatively affect your spelling skills.
2) WE ARE MARSHALL
The character: Coach Jack Lengyel, who must forge a football team in the wake of massive community tragedy
On playing from the heart: “When you take that field today, you've got to lay that heart on the line, men. From the soles of your feet, with every ounce of blood you've got in your body, lay it on the line until the final whistle blows. And if you do that, if you do that, we cannot lose. We may be behind on the scoreboard at the end of the game but if you play like that we cannot be defeated.”
Lesson learned: Winning, as they say, isn’t everything. It’s the amount of blood, sweat, and tears you put into a game that defies what the final scoreboard reads.
3) HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS
The character: Advertising executive Ben Barry, a hotshot daredevil who in an attempt to win a bet, plays Kate Hudson into falling head over heels in love with him
On excess baggage: “Guys, a woman's purse, alright, it's her secret source of power. Alright? There are many dark and dangerous things in there that we, the male species, should know nothing about.”
Lesson learned: Don’t rifle through your honey’s bag, young man! You might find things–like expensive makeup, sanitary napkins, and expired condoms–that will scare the living crap out of you.
4) SURFER, DUDE
The character: Rad, totally laidback stereotypical board-bro Steve Addington
On riding the wave of life: “What’s so special about the wind? Surfing is to...be with that mystery. To ride that mystery for as long as you can. And then when it's over that's cool because you know what? You were there, in line and on time.”
Lesson learned: Power through everything that life throws at you whether it’s an existential rut, chaos in your career, or a killer wave.
5) THE LINCOLN LAWYER
The character: Badass smooth-talking attorney Mick Haller, who instead of working in an office, operates out of a classic Lincoln
On self-reliance: “I checked the list of people I trust and your name ain't on it.”
Lesson learned: Trust shouldn’t be handed out like free sago't gulaman on scorching summer day. It should be earned.