Matthew McConaughey finally opened up about the excitement surrounding his upcoming spinoff in Paramount’s “Yellowstone” universe. McConaughey appeared on “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” to discuss his upcoming role.
McConaughey has taken the last four years off from acting, spending time focusing on public service and writing. Even with his incredible acting talent and success, McConaughey realized it was time to try something new. That only adds to the anticipation for this new “Yellowstone” adaptation that dragged him out of Hiatus. If it was good enough to bring McConaughey back into the acting game, the show be wildly impressive to him.
While this episode was recorded just before the official news broke, the excitement in McConaughey’s voice is palpable and heard in his tone. McConaughey thinks this role is perfectly tailored to him, and he sounds ready to pour his soul into the character. He said:
“I am now becoming more interested in actually going to play another character in a TV show; to go have some structure, like, ‘I got a call time. I got lines. I got scenes. I got a character.’ That sounds like a vacation right now to me.”
“All the last four years of culminating and writing and getting these things together, and getting more into some public service, freed me up to go: the idea of going to act in the right role and the right kinda movie, film, or series right now, I’ll be a different or improved actor in my own right after this last three years. I deliberately chose to go focus on some things I was talking about, and I have different perspectives.”
Following a tumultuous saga where star Kevin Costner seemed at odds with Paramount execs and show-runners, a McConaughey spinoff was quietly confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter, who wrote:
“More recently, McCarthy has been busy managing some of television’s highest-profile franchises, including Yellowstone, which birthed spinoffs like 1883 and 1923 and may now lose its star Kevin Costner over a contentious scheduling saga. McCarthy doesn’t have any updates to share, except to say that the show, which is currently the most-watched across cable and broadcast, “wouldn’t be what it is today without Kevin and we hope that that stays for a long time to come.” And also that Matthew McConaughey is lined up to star in a Yellowstone extension, which will move forward regardless of whether Costner returns to the original. In fact, it’s one of more than 10 projects that McCarthy has with creator Taylor Sheridan, whom he lavishly praises for, among other things, his ability to deliver high-quality, mass-appeal programming as others in Hollywood are focused only on the coasts.”
That is exciting news for any fan of the original “Yellowstone” series and fans of the spinoffs 1883 and 1923, which have received an amazing response from fans of the Dutton family. The time period and role that McConaughey will be immersed in has not yet become public, but there are plenty more Dutton family members left to learn about before that well has dried up for Paramount.
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