People Magazine
January 25, 2019 10:23 am
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Matthew McConaughey has a long history of romantic comedies under his belt. But if he had to rate them, there’s one that he’d leave at the bottom of the list. The 49-year-old actor swung by Thursday, January 24th’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where he addressed his rom-com past.

When asked to rank three of his movies—2001’s The Wedding Planner, 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and 2006’s Failure to Launch—from best to worst during a tough round of the Bravo talk show’s famous Plead the Fifth game, McConaughey didn’t flinch.

That left The Wedding Planner, his vehicle with Jennifer Lopezand Failure to Launch, which he starred in alongside Sarah Jessica Parker. So which got the bottom pick?

“Let’s go How to Lose a Guy…, then let’s go Failure to Launch then The Wedding Planner,” he said. Putting The Wedding Planner at the bottom of the list was shocking, considering the movie was a box office smash, landing at No. 1 upon its release.

Those three titles are, of course, just a few of the rom-coms in which McConaughey has starred. Other films include 2008’s Fool’s Gold and 2009’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Despite winning the hearts of rom-com fans everywhere, McConaughey walked away from the genre after Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in an effort to find more serious roles.

“My agent did a good job saying no, no, no,” he told The Guardian in January 2017 of turning down other rom-com scripts. “Then the studios got the message and quit sending them.”

With those roles gone, McConaughey admitted that the work dried up. “There was an impasse of nothing. And there was nothing for about eight months. The anxiety was in how long will it be dry, how long will we get nothing,” he said, adding that he remembered thinking, “This shakes my floor a bit.”

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Eventually, his patience paid off when he landed roles in the lower-budget films Killer Joe and Magic Mike, among others. By 2014, he took the Academy Awards stage as an Oscar winner for Best Actor for his portrayal of AIDS activist Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on WWHL, McConaughey recalled his audition for Titanic. “The audition went really well!” he said. “Well enough where when I left I was being glad handed and slapped on the back. ‘This is what we were looking for.’ Well enough where you get outside, you call your agent and you go, ‘Oh, I nailed it.’” Of course, he didn’t end up getting the part—with the role of Jack eventually going to Leonardo DiCaprio. “It worked out for the best,” McConaughey said.

This article originally appeared in People.

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