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Matthew McConaughey on Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Published May 3, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema
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Matthew McConaughey’s biggest hits have been his romantic comedies. His latest, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, adds a fantasy element to the formula. Connor Mead, a womanizer, gets visited by three ghosts showing him the error of his past, present and future relationships.

McConaughey Deals With Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

“The ghosts were a big unrealistic thing, but that’s just one of the things that made this one original,” McConaughey said. “Usually it’s just guy-girl, guy-girl, guy-girl, we’re going to split up, look at the poster, you we’re going to get together at the end but, hopefully, you’re going to be entertained in how we get together at the end. This had a huge twist. Ghosts, [our characters as] kids. I go get the fiancé to go back with my brother to get them married and then get lucky enough to have second chance with childhood sweetheart. It was viewed in some really interesting ways, this one.”

Connor’s methods of attraction resemble The Mystery Method as described in Neil Strauss’s book The Game. McConaughey had never heard of this Mystery character or so-called “game.”

“No, there wasn’t somebody I thought of besides the Uncle Wayne [Michael Douglas] character written in. That’s Connor’s thing. He loves women. He loves all women. That’s the problem here. So, there wasn’t anyone I necessarily thought of. It’s a fun role and you see those first like twenty pages, you usually don’t get a character that starts off with that much sort of bite in a movie like this that you’re going, ‘I can’t believe they said that’ or ‘whoa.’ So it comes off in the beginning with a lot more bite and less pander than most sort of stories like this do and then gives it further distance to go through. Then you got ghosts that come in and scare the hell out of me, and scare some sense into me. That’s a much better movie device for me than having the conversation where they sit down and go, ‘Now what you should do…’ So, no, it wasn’t anybody in particular, but it was sort of written in there, following Uncle Wayne and having that guy to look up to in the beginning, and the viewers get to see sort of who was my father figure and why I am who I am, and do what I do.”

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Don’t worry, ladies. In real life, McConaughey is totally respectful. That’s important, because we know you would never be attracted to a manipulative A-hole who plays mind games and uses routines on you, right?

“Respect women. think I was asked recently and then asked about it today, what was the birds and bees talk that I had, and it was always Pop talking about respecting a woman. I think I’ve said this before.”

When Connor is viewing his life with the ghosts, he is invisible to the scenes occurring. The actors had to perform around him as if he weren’t there. “Actually you get more freedom. That was really fun. When you’re getting married and I’m like right there in your face, this was fun to do. We talked about what were the rules. I couldn’t do this [touch her shoulder] because obviously my hand would pass through. But to do this and to be yelling and then she’s having a conversation at this level with the guy behind me, was kind fun.”

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is out in theaters now.

For the trailer, poster, review and more movie info, go to the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Movie Page.
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