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Matthew McConaughey Interview For GQ December 2013

Everything Matthew McConaughey Says Is Gold

Matthew McConaughey is known for his laid-back attitude, so it's no surprise that he's a never-ending source of funny, thoughtful quotes. The actor was named one of GQ magazine's men of the year, earning the title of leading man of the year. In the accompanying interview with the publication, Matthew revealed his slightly hippie, slightly Beat poet, and perfectly McConaughey-esque outlook on life. Read on for the best quotes from Matthew's interview with GQ, which hits newsstands on Nov. 19.

On his perception of how people see him: "Now I get it. Outdoors, shirtless on the beach, does a lot of rom-coms, girlfriend loves him, good-looking. It's like he rolls out of bed and shows up and makes it look easy."

On the merits of being selfish: "I got much more selfish. I'm a fan of the word selfish. Self. Ish. When I say I have gotten a lot more self-ish, I mean I am less concerned with what people think of me. I'm not worried about how I'm perceived. Selfish has always gotten a bad rap. You should do for you. I wanted new experiences."

On playing the congas: "Of course I still play the congas naked. Just close the windows.”

On his collection of words: "I got 821 of them. Aphorisms, bumper stickers, truths, and rhymes."

On his new aphorism: "'Find your frequency.' That's a goooood one. You get that, don't you? We all have a frequency, where things are clicking. I can adapt better. I'm catching more green lights. You know what I mean?"

On the raps he writes for himself: "Rollin' through yellow lights on my skateboard. Kiss the fire, and walk away whistlin'."

On that time he got into a boxing match in Africa: "So there I was in this little village on the Niger River. Word had gotten out that there was a strong white man, a boxer. So I'm lying there outside, stretchin', when I hear these young male voices, and it sounded like they were talking sh*t. And all of a sudden, the volume of the crowd comes up, like, two decibels. And I look up, and there's a huge guy wearing, like, a burlap sack. He looks at me, and he points to his chest. Then he points at me. Then he points over there to a sandpit. And my heart is going ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba. But my brain is going, 'You have to, dude.' So I go and get in the sandpit. I'm barefoot, no shirt; he's barefoot, no shirt. I don't know the rules, but I am about to find out."

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