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'A short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom:' Matthew McConaughey talks masking, running for Texas governor

Matthew McConaughey spoke about masking and whether he might run for Texas governor in two recent interviews. (Shutterstock)

Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey said that face masks are a "short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom" in an interview on an upcoming episode of "The Carlos Watson Show."


"I'm not believing you're really scared of this little cotton thing," McConaughey said. "Let's all take one for the team here."

McConaughey's rare take on the political divide during the pandemic comes as the actor continues to tease the possibility of running for Texas governor.

During a Friday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, McConaughey said he's doing some "under the hood, 360 work inside of me and measuring what my next step should be."

"I think I've got some gifts as a leader, I've got some gifts as a learner, and a listener, and a teacher," McConaughey said. "What's my category, though? Where am I most useful?"

McConaughey expounded on the topic more during his Carlos Watson Show interview, when he said long-term results are more important than "putting a bunch of Band-Aids on that are gonna be ripped off as soon as I'm out (of office)."

McConaughey remained coy about whether politics is the right arena for him. "We try to teach our kids delayed gratification, but we don't like to think about further than tomorrow — we need immediate results," McConaughey said. "I'm interested in building something that can last, and I'm measuring what category that is. I don't know if that's politics."

McConaughey has addressed running for governor before—several times, actually—but the jack-of-all-trades has never committed to his latest public venture. His dabbles in sports (see Austin FC ownership), movies and philanthropy have made him a Texas icon through the years, and a recent poll conducted by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler found that McConaughey would beat Abbott 45% to 33%.

Still, many argue that McConaughey would not be "alright, alright, alright" in the governor's office, citing his lack of experience and unclear political leanings.

His latest comments on masking are among the most political he's made in recent months, however, and could put him on track to win more votes come November 2022.

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