Matthew McConaughey says a ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ sequel is still possible even though he quit making rom-coms
- Matthew McConaughey said he might be open to making a "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" sequel.
- The 51-year-old actor hasn't appeared in a romantic comedy since 2009 and previously revealed in his memoir "Greenlights" that he turned down a $14.5 million paycheck to pursue more serious roles.
- However, McConaughey said on Monday that he'd "possibly" reprise his role as advertising executive Ben in a sequel to the 2003 film.
- "'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' is teed up for one that you could easily do a sequel. And that was a really good one," he told E's "Daily Pop." "As far as romantic comedies go, that was a really good one."
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Matthew McConaughey gave "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" fans hope for a sequel.
Despite the fact that McConaughey made a conscious decision to shift from romantic comedies to more serious projects in 2010, he said he hasn't ruled out revisiting his character from the popular 2003 movie.
When asked if he'd be willing to reprise his role on Monday's episode of E!'s "Daily Pop," he responded, "Possibly."
The actor continued, "'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' is teed up, you know, teed up for one that you could easily do a sequel. And that was a really good one. As far as romantic comedies go, that was a really good one."
In the 2003 film, the 51-year-old actor starred as an advertising executive named Ben who unexpectedly falls for a magazine columnist named Andy (Kate Hudson).
The movie, which is based on a book of the same name by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long, became an immediate fan favorite and grossed over $177 million globally, according to IMDb.
McConaughey, who appeared as the lead love interest in films like "Fool's Gold," "The Wedding Planner," and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" in the early 2000s, has reflected on the period of his career when he was primarily focused on rom-coms.
"The romantic comedies remained my only consistent box office hits, which made them my only consistent incoming offers," the Oscar-winning actor wrote in his 2020 memoir "Greenlights," according to Indiewire.
He continued, "For me personally, I enjoyed being able to give people a nitty-minute breezy romantic getaway from the stress of their lives where they didn't have to think about anything, just watch the boy chase the girl, fall down, then get up and finally get her. I had taken the baton from Hugh Grant, and I ran with it."
And though McConaughey wrote that he "enjoyed making romantic comedies, and their paychecks rented the houses on the beach I ran shirtless on," he committed to making a change in his career trajectory.
So, when he was offered a $14.5 million paycheck for a role in a romantic comedy in 2010, he turned it down.
"I declined the offer," he wrote in his memoir. "If I couldn't do what I wanted, I wasn't going to do what I didn't, no matter the price."
Since then, he hasn't appeared in another romantic comedy.
Instead, he's taken on a variety of projects outside of the genre, including "Mud," "Interstellar," and "The Gentleman." And, in 2014, he won his first Academy Award for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."
It's been 17 years since "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" premiered, and McConaughey isn't alone in reminiscing about the 2003 hit.
His co-star Hudson recently shared that she frequently thinks about the on-screen characters' fate.
"I've always thought about what Matthew and I's characters would be now, if we were still together. It's actually probably a good amount of time [that has passed] to make a movie about it. We probably would have gotten married with kids. We're probably miserable right now," she told Elle.
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