Matthew McConaughey on Marriage, the 'McConaissance' and More

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When Matthew McConaughey opens his mouth, there's always a few a surprises.

The 44-year-old Oscar winner lives up to his reputation in a new interview with GQ's November issue, where he touched on a wide range of subjects from his marriage to his career to keeping a diary.

Here were a few of the highlights:

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On Marriage to Model Camila Alves:

"I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do. I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn't want it to be a destination; the fun is that we're on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, 'C'mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We'll-Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either s*** or get off the pot.'"

On Keeping a Diary:

"A man should always have his diary on him. That way he's guaranteed to always have something incredible to read."

On All Those Romantic Comedies He Did:

"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."

On the So-Called 'McConaissance':

"I thought, 'I love harder, I cry harder, I laugh harder in my real life than I do in my work. I've got things in my life every single day, risks that I'm taking that are scaring me. Why is my work not scaring me? … I talked to my agent. I talked to my wife. I talked to my moneyman and said, 'Hey, I may not work for a while. We good?' So I went away for two years."

On Why He's Never Called 'Matt':

"The foundational experience of being on the playground in kindergarten. My buddy John says, 'Hey, Matt, you want to go play on the monkey bars?' I'm like, 'Sure,' and I'm going out there, and all of a sudden - wham - I'm on the ground. I look up and my mom says, 'What's your name?' 'Matthew.' 'Don't you ever answer to 'Matt' again.' From that day on, it's always been, 'Call me Matthew, please.'"

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