We’re Real Excited About Matthew McConaughey’s Upcoming Memoir

Published on July 30, 2020

Matthew McConaughey
isn’t just an actor; he’s a man one with the universe. He’s just a singular being with his own way of doing, saying, and seeing things. The actor is about as fascinating of a character as his characters on-screen. For whatever reason, maybe his infectious diction and vocabulary, he’s just a highly listenable and watchable person. Which is why we’re legit excited to read his memoir, called “Green Lights,” which will be available later this year. 

The Celebrity Memoir

Memoirs written by actors typically aren’t very good. Usually, they’re written with or by someone else, so they hardly feel personal or told in a personal, unique voice. If we had to guess, that won’t be the case for McConaughey’s memoir. The book is from journal entries he’s been writing for a long time now, as he explained:

“Ever since I learned to write, I’ve been keeping a journal, writing down anything that turned me on, turned me off, made me laugh, made me cry, made me question, or kept me up at nights. Two years ago, I worked up the courage to take all of those journals off into solitary confinement just to see what the hell I had, and I returned with a book.”

What’s the Story?

Is it about McConaughey the actor, his wild career full of different chapters and transitions? Or is it about McConaughey, the thinker and the seer, telling us how he interprets the world? McConaughey explains: 

It’s the story about how I have — and we all can — catch more of them in this life we’re liven. You see, we don’t like the red and yellow lights because they take up our time, right? But when we realize that they all eventually turn green, that’s when they reveal their rhyme. That’s when life’s a poem and we start getting what we want and what we need at the same time. And I call that the honey hole, a little place called Heaven on earth.”

Those are the exact sort of thoughts we want to read from McConaughey. Why don’t we like red and yellow lights? Yes, please, to more of those musings, which wouldn’t sound out of place in one of the actor’s highly entertaining Lincoln commercials. 

Why We Love Professor McConaughey

Professor McConaughey just seems like an actor who’s true to himself. Nobody can deliver a performance or line like he does. Few actors compare to McConaughey. He’s a larger-than-life character off-screen, too. He always looks like someone living his life to the fullest and encouraging others to do so. What’s not to love? Because of the highs and lows of his career, too, he’s relatable. He’s risen and fallen. We all love a comeback story, which is a part of why we all relished the McConaaissance. 

Plus, we were reminded of how damn good McConaughey is when he has a good script in his hands. The actor had an all-star run with True Detective, Dallas Buyers Club, Bernie, Mud, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Magic Mike. Between 2010-2015, McConaughey made audiences fall in love with him all over again. Not a simple task. 

What’s Matthew McConaughey Been Up To Lately?

Over the last few years, the actor’s output has been more inconsistent than that hot streak he was on a few years ago. It happens. The actor appeared in the disastrous adaptation of The Dark Tower, a poorly received Gus Van Sant movie, and two movies seen by few, Gold and Serenity. Still, you could feel all his commitment to those roles, despite how the movies turned out. Great actors still look good in bad movies, and McConaughey is a great actor. He recently gave one of his all-time great performances in The Beach Bum, which he brought so much life, fun, heart, tragedy, and giddiness to. It’s a beautiful performance. 

Matthew McConaughey’s memoir, Green Lights, will be available on October 20th. It’s now available to pre-order.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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