LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey could be the next celebrity to throw his hat in the political ring.
The star of the sci-fi film Contact and the comedy-drama Magic Mike appeared to consider the idea during his political talks with radio conference host Hugh Hewitt in an interview posted online Wednesday, November 18.
When asked if he would run for governor of Texas or another political office, the actor said he was undecided without ruling it out.
McConaughey, 51, was born and raised in Texas before moving to Los Angeles and building a career in romantic comedies such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
“I mean, it wouldn’t be mine. It would be people more than me,” McConaughey said.
“I would say this,” he continued. “Look, politics seems like a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its focus, I might be a lot more interested.”
In the interview, he described his political philosophy as being “behind personal values to renew our social contracts with each other as Americans”.
However, he seemed far from having made the decision to take political action.
“I’m still wondering what you can really do in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my way of doing what I might be best equipped to do,” he said.
He appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday (November 19) to discuss the same topic and said, “I have no plans to do so at this time.”
However, he added, “As I move forward in life, yes, I will be considering leadership roles where I can be of most use.”
He still has time to make a decision because the current governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, is not in election until 2022.
However, Texans have already taken to Twitter to express support for McConaughey.
“I don’t see why not lol I trust McConaughey more than Abbott,” wrote Twitter user ChibiReaver.
Another Twitter user, LorilynnFergus1, wrote: “I agree he can do a lot more than himself, than he probably could as a governor. I’m from Texas, yes I would vote for him.”
User Htcj28 said, “Please run for Governor of TX! You would get my family’s votes!”
McConaughey, who won an Oscar for his role in the AIDS drama series Dallas Buyers Club in 2013, is said to be one of a series of celebrities who have flirted with or won political office in the United States.
They include Presidents Donald Trump and the late Ronald Reagan, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.
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