Perhaps concerned that he had become a bit too beloved in recent months, Matthew McConaughey has come out in support of two American institutions that have taken a beating in the media: the Washington Redskins and the romantic comedy. Both assertions come from McConaughey’s GQ cover interview, conducted presumably over an ice-cold Miller Lite and a set of bongo drums.

As far as the Redskins go, McConaughey said it wouldn’t “hurt” him to change the name, but “I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph,” which is a very Matthew McConaughey thing to say. Sensing that his previous comments could be construed as charming, he continued, “We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it?’ It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board.”

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One thing everybody is not on board with is McConaughey’s career in early ’00s rom-coms, a cinematic moment that a lot of people—The A.V. Club included—have talked a lot of shit about over the years.

“These things aren’t easy. What’s hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair. There’s a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy,” McConaguhey said, slowly unbuttoning his shirt as he spoke.

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“Look, I’m happy if you think I ‘cruised through’ those. I did my work,” he added, lighting up a fat doob and handing it to the interviewer. Also, he got paid.

[via The Wrap]

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