29 June 2012 2:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If Matthew McConaughey is best known for forgettable romcoms, then his latest film, Killer Joe, might come as quite a shock. But then he has really been a serious actor all along, he says

For Matthew McConaughey, as someone whose name escapes me once said, the handsome lessons have definitely paid off. Chiselled of jaw, glittering of eye, radioactive of tan, McConaughey has spent the best part of the past decade nailing down a rugged-yet-sensitive screen persona that has seen him crowned as the smirking prince of the romantic comedy, the repository of apparently inexhaustible yearnings for a tamed alpha-male mate. His screen foils read like a rollcall of the romcom damned: Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner. For all his crimes against motion pictures – The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold – McConaughey is despised as much as he is envied. He is, after all, an actor who, »

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