Public Speaking Expert
US actor Matthew McConaughey has made the headlines thanks to a strange and very long speech he made at the SAG awards this year.
44 year old Matthew McConaughey took to the stage at the SAG Awards to pick up his award for Best Actor for his role in the film Dallas Buyers Club in which he plays Ron Woodroof in a moving story about an AIDS patient who is looking for medical help not only for himself but for others who are also in a similar situation.
The audience could not have possibly been prepared for the very odd speech which has set tongues wagging in the entertainment industry, especially because it actually began very traditionally. It was only as the speech progressed that it began to become more and more strange.
When he reached the stage Matthew McConaughey began by noting the amount of great films that had been released in the past year. According to Entertainment Wise, he said: “Oh this feels good, thank you. I mean, coming from SAG-AFTRA members… I’ve been doing this 22 years and we all know this thing we get to do, when it works and when it doesn’t work so well. Thank you. To the nominees, not just in this category but so many.”
The speech then began to take its turn toward the surreal: “There were so many fierce performances this year. I mean the choices in the characters that some of these people have made really shines a great light on this bull-ride that we call acting. I’ve been able to recently find some characters that I could humble myself to their humanities and get feverishly drunk to their obsessions. And that’s really been fun for me.”
Matthew McConaughey then made the cardinal speech sin of going in to far to much detail about his character, details that nobody in the audience clearly wanted to really hear: “
Dallas Buyers Club, Ron Woodruff. We got an important story about an important time in America and the world. The people who had HIV, how are they dealt with? How are they now? Is it dealt with now? It’s still very relevant. You had Ron Woodruff, a guy who had the clearest obsession of all—I’m obsessed to stay alive. He was given 30 days to live and goes on and lives seven more years.
“There’s magic place that we as actors release drive to get to and we don’t always get there, but boy when we touch it. It’s magic. When you’re seeing the character from the inside-out, when you’re walking out every day and everything you see, smell and touch and observe is coming through that character and into you and it’s making sense and you’re the subject. You’re the eye. You’re first-person seeing it through that character’s eyes. That doesn’t always happen.”
He continued: “But boy when it does, and it feels like they could put a blindfold on you and put you on a spaceship and take you to Neptune and you could hop off on the planet and they better have the sprock control and you get off that spaceship because you are going to behave as your man. That is a glorious feeling.”
And just when everyone thought the speech was finally over he finished off with his own uplifting tale for the audience: “There’s a man I met 20 years ago. He escaped Russia. He was not even a carpenter, built a 17-foot boat and sailed across the Atlantic for decades he held the world record for smallest vessel single-man sailed across the Atlantic. He told me this, he said, ‘A genius can be anybody he wants to, but a genius is always one person at a time.’ So to that I say, that’s what we get to do, isn’t it? One man, one woman, one human. At a time. When we do it well. Just keep doing that. Just keep living”