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If you want to know what drives Matthew McConaughey, just think back to a line he improvised in Dazed and Confused. 'Just keep livin', man. L-I-V-I-N.' That line is Matthew's personal mantra, the name of his not-for-profit foundation and the way he honours his late father.
Matthew's laid-back style goes back to his upbringing in Texas. Dad was a former Green Bay Packer, Mom a kindergarten teacher. He and his two brothers were taught never to lie and to always keep one foot on the ground. Matthew studied film at the University of Texas.
Then, one night in a bar, he talked a casting director into giving him a part in the aforementioned Dazed and Confused. Matthew was on screen for less than 10 minutes, but he stole the show. From there, he won the lead in the courtroom drama A Time to Kill, starred in Amistad for Steven Spielberg and opposite Jodie Foster in Contact.
Then in 1999, things took a strange turn. Matthew got arrested while playing bongos in the nude and was charged with marijuana possession. The charges were dropped, he weathered the storm and put together a string of hit romantic comedies. He's now the father of two children. And he's done it all, it seems, without ever wearing a shirt.
Matthew is currently busy filming The Paperboy with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron, and he's in talks to star in Mud, in which he'll play a fugitive from the law who befriends a 14-year-old boy. Possibly, in part, shirtless.