Think back to the last movie you saw featuring Matthew McConaughey. Was he wearing a shirt?
There’s literally a scene in the new movie Mud, where Matthew McConaughey refuses to put on a shirt. The 14-year-old who befriends him—the young Tree of Life star Tye Sheridan brooding in this flick as a diamond in the Mississippi River—insists that he put on his only shirt, but Mud vehemently rejects the notion of wearing such a foolish garment ever again.
McConaughey’s disdain for the covered upper-body does not limit itself to this latest indie role.
The 40-year-old actor is notorious for filming at least one topless scene in every movie in which he’s appeared beyond his days Dazed and Confused. The phenomenon even prompted fellow actor Matt Damon to perform a simple, yet spot-on, impersonation of the oft half-naked Texan, in which he states, in a smooth Lone Star drawl, “Well… (glances from side-to-side) “looks like I should probably take off my shirt.”
Damon motions to take off sweater as applause and laughter fill the supposedly brisk Ed Sullivan Theater, which is home to the Late Show with David Letterman.