It’s a known thing that new Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is a fan of the ganja. I mean, you don’t have your wedding in tents and play the bongos if you aren't.
However, that’s all just speculation, one stoner's opinion. What confirms the actor's preference for Mary Jane is his 1999 arrest for possession of marijuana while playing those bongos stark naked.
Besides the fact that his affinity for smoking weed made us love the former beach bum, chick-flick, Hudson co-star, it’s now making us wonder if it’s what also made him the star he is today.
Sweeping up accolades and prestigious awards for his gripping and chilling performances, he’s gone from the high school burn out in “Dazed and Confused” and the hippie beach bum in “Fools Gold” to the most celebrated actor of the year, and we can’t help but assume weed played a large part in that.
Firstly, we all know that movies are all enjoyed and understood better when we’re high. The lines are deeper, the jokes are funnier and the true essence of the film is revealed. Thus, McConaughey has gotta be high to take the roles he takes.
Let’s take a look back at some of his more recent picks: “Magic Mike,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Mud,” “Tropic Thunder,” “East Bound and Down” and “True Detective.”
I mean, come on -- if that weren't a list a stoner would make, then I don’t know what is. He chooses what he would enjoy watching and plays the sh*t out of the best character.
I think we can all agree that no one is watching “East Bound and Down” without a blunt. While “Magic Mike” and “Tropic Thunder” aren’t movies of the highest esteem, they do enhance his repertoire of pretty bizarre roles.
As an actor, every script is a gamble and the movies you take note of are largely a result of how you connect with them. If we look at McConaughey's track record, he’s into some pretty trippy scripts.
Now, let’s talk about what it’s like to smoke weed. Everyone knows that many of the most influential and amazing artists were under the influence of something while creating their art. Whether it was Hemmingway with his wine, Joaquin Phoenix with his cocaine or Etta James with her heroin, many artists have escaped their minds to influence those of others.
However, I am not trying to compare weed to heroin, or to alcohol. While weed is one of the most commonly used and safe substances to ingest recreationally, I am not condoning the use of illegal substances for the sake of art. The point that I am daring to make is that the great Matthew McConaughey probably creates better characters after evaluating and rehearsing them under the influence of the herb.
Looking at all the highly esteemed actors who have admitted to smoking weed, there seems to be a correlation between those who have smoked the ganja and taken home the golden statue.
There is Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr and many others who probably haven’t had the chance to admit to their hobby.
These brilliant actors all share the incredible talent of bringing difficult roles to life. They are flawless in their portrayals of human emotion and seem to develop with the characters they are destined to become.
There’s no doubt that weed is a drug that changes your outlook and awakens the soul. It alters the human mind to see things it has never seen before and understand things it has never comprehended.
It’s a way to look at things differently, to see people and things through a new lens. We’ve always loved actors who admit to indulging in the herb, but we love it even more when they’re winning Oscars.
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