Matthew McConaughey has not ruled running for Governor of Texas and said he would consider ‘leadership roles’ in the future.
The Oscar-winning actor said that politics ‘seems to be a broken business’ right now but he would be interested in becoming involved if ‘redefines its purpose’.
Speaking in an interview to promote his memoirs Green Lights on Tuesday, McConaughey, 51, was asked if he would consider entering politics.
Far from denying his interest, McConaughey outlined his political philosophies.
And asked about his comments later on Wednesday, McConaughey said that although he had no plans on running ‘right now’ he would consider any role that he would be ‘most useful in’.
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (pictured), 51, has not ruled out the prospect of running for Governor of Texas
Speaking on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Tuesday, McConaughey said: ‘I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me.
‘I would say this. Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.’
And asked about his comments on the Late Show with Steven Colbert on Wednesday night, McConaughey said that while he has no plans of becoming involved in politics ‘right now’, he will consider ‘leadership roles’ in the future.
He said: ‘As I move forward in life, yes, am I gonna consider leadership roles where I can be most useful.
‘I’d love to. I’m doing that regardless.
Pressed on whether he would consider it by Colbert (left), McConaughey (right) said: ‘[I would consider] whatever role I can be most useful in’
McConaughey said politics ‘seems to be a broken business’ right now but he would be interested in becoming involved if ‘redefines its purpose’. Current Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured in October) is up for re-election in 2022
‘I’ve been asked that question about whether I was going to run for Governor quite a lot lately and I’ve always given the same answer.
‘Evidently one of them came out as “I would consider it” because I didn’t say absolutely no.’
Pressed on whether he would consider it by Colbert, McConaughey said: ‘[I would consider] whatever role I can be most useful in and I don’t know that that’s politics.
‘Right now I don’t see that as politics.’
Speaking with Hewitt on Wednesday, McConaughey said American politics needs to ‘stabilize’ after the 2020 Presidential election before it can move forward.
McConaughey, 51, (pictured with his mother Kay, 88) was speaking while promoting his new memoirs Green Lights
‘I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again,’ he said.
‘No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, we have broken those social contracts.
‘We don’t trust each other, and that leads to us not trust in ourselves, which if that becomes, if that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy.’
McConaughey, who won an Oscar for his role in 2013 AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club, would be one of a series of celebrities who have flirted with, or won, political office in the United States.
They include Presidents Donald Trump and the late Ronald Reagan, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura.
Asked about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s times as Governor of California, McConaughey quickly moved on to the relationship between fame and power in US politics, particularly with regard to Donald Trump’ election in 2016.
He said: ‘President Trump, look, people, a lot of people that I know on the far left were in denial after he had become the president.
‘And I remember saying well look, regardless of his politics, in the very first, just the first question, what do we say in America is successful?
‘What do we give credit and respect? Well, the top two things are money and fame.
‘And I said guys, just on a very base level, Trump has those, so I don’t know why we should be so surprised that he got elected.’
But the actor gave no indication as to whether he would challenge current Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott when he is up for re-election in 2022.
McConaughey said: ‘You know, I still question how much you can really get done in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my avenue to get what maybe I am best equipped to get done.’
On Tuesday, McConaughey and his mother Kay, 88, sat down for their first joint-interview to promote his book.
The pair now have a close relationship after an eight-year estrangement following her leaking of their private conversations to the media.
Over the years, he has ‘forgiven her’ and she is currently quarantining with him, his wife, Camila Alves and their children, Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, seven.