Matthew McConaughey to Joel Schumacher (Exclusive) – Variety2 min read
In response to the death of Joel Schumacher on Monday, Matthew McConaughey said his career would not have started if the late director had not led him in the 1996 film “A Time to Kill”.
McConaughey was relatively unknown before playing the role of Jack Brigans in the courtroom crime drama. In the mid-1990s, he had small roles in “Disguised and Confused,” “Angels in the Outfield,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation,” and “Boys on the Side,” and Schumacher led him first.
In an exclusive statement Different, McCanaghi reflects on the big break Schumacher thanked him and the director for starting his career:
“Joel not only took a chance on me, he fought for me. He checked a secret screen for me at a small unknown studio on Sunday morning because the studio could never accept a relatively unknown like himself for the movie ‘Time to Kill’ because he said, ‘Even if you do, great, you can’t get the part, So I don’t want the industry to think you checked the screen and didn’t get the job. “
I remember those days when I had a very hard time on set, he always reminded me with the simplest and most practical advice a director could give a young man, ‘Hey, you’re Jack Brigans are you, Matthew, the character. ’
I don’t see the great places my career could have gone if Joel hadn’t believed in me after Schumacher. “
In a statement Different, George Clooney, who played Schumacher’s “Batman and Robin” character, praised McConaughey’s career-building moment.
Clooney said, “His career began when Joel fought for him in ‘One Time to Kill’.” “Studio wanted a star. Joel wanted him.”