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Matthew McConaughey's recent career resurgence is no happy accident. The actor, who'd become pigeonholed as something of a shirtless himbo and rom-com staple, made several strategic decisions about five years ago to kickstart his Hollywood makeover.
Chief among those, he reveals to The Hollywood Reporter, was the call to not star in a big-screen version of "Magnum, P.I." -- a role for which he would've pocketed $15 million against 15 percent of the backend.
"Taking a year and a half off and saying no to things in some form or fashion made me a new good idea," McConaughey tells THR. "Sometimes the target draws the arrow."
Turning down that massive payday has ended up paying off handsomely in its own way, with the 43-year-old actor now known for more nuanced roles in indies like "The Paperboy," "Mud," and "Dallas Buyers Club," the latter of which is already generating Oscar buzz for both McConaughey and co-star Jared Leto. And in a delightful spin on the very same sexy-shirtless trope he once sought to escape, McConaughey took it all off -- to rave reviews -- as male strip club owner Dallas in the 2012 Channing Tatum vehicle "Magic Mike."
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Look for McConaughey later this year in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," and then early next year on the HBO miniseries "True Detective." The Hollywood "It" man is currently filming Christopher Nolan's star-studded sci-fi epic "Interstellar."