Matthew McConaughey has a lot of love for the Crescent City, and not just for the generous film tax credits.
In an interview with Garden & Gun magazine in its February/March issue, McConaughey spoke about his childhood in Texas, his recent turn to more serious roles and his love of New Orleans – and, yes, even its potholes.
“Part of me hopes they don’t fix the potholes,” McConaughey said in the interview. “In the South, it’s actually built in—you have to take your time. As for the roads in New Orleans, you go too fast, and you’ll burn your lap with coffee and your shocks will be gone. You know what I mean? Just take your time.”
In McConaughey’s latest film, “The Free State of Jones,” he plays revolutionary Newt Knight, a Unionist from the South who rebelled against the Confederacy in the Civil War.
“Actually, I think, (Knight) was very simple,” McConaughey said. “I mean, simple in that in everything he did, he never measured the consequences. It was all based on, Well, that’s just not right.”
McConaughey has spent plenty of time in New Orleans and rents a house when he's shooting there, he told the magazine. Last March, he gave a speech at the New Orleans Film Society gala that summed up his fond feelings for the city, calling it “home of the shortest hangover on the planet.”