-Matthew, last time I saw you
we were in U.T. AUSTIN. -Yes, sir.
-Where you were a professor at that university.
-I’m still am a professor there. -You still are.
Yeah, that’s right. -I kept my job.
-How was the class, yeah. How did it go? how —
-It went great. Everyone passed. Everyone got As.
-Yeah, perfect. Man, come on. [ Applause ]
-We actually studied this film, “The Gentlemen.”
-You did? -We were talking about it, yes.
-Oh, that’s right. And I saw from your Lincoln ads
that, over the holiday, you went ice — you went
ice fishing. -Ice fishing.
[ Laughter ] -In the back —
in back of your truck. -Everyone’s always known how big
of an ice fishermen I am. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] Have you ever,
ever been ice fishing? -Absolutely not.
[ Laughter ] But, I play one on TV.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah.
-A red flag come up and you get a bit of a smile.
Go get the fish very slowly. [ Laughter ]
-Yeah. -Have you seen —
have you seen his Lincoln ads? -No, I want to very much.
-Oh. [ Laughter ]
They’re the most relaxing coolest, best — one of the
oddest things you’ll ever see. [ Laughter ]
-Really? -They’re fantas– I never
know where he’s going. -He’s quite an odd man actually.
[ Laughter ] -You think he is?
-I have discovered, yeah. -Yeah, you have.
Did you guys ever know each other before this movie?
-No, and not on it either. We had no scenes together.
-Oh. -So, we’ve really just met.
[ Laughter ] -Wow.
[ Laughter ] -We passed each other
from a distance on a Chinese golf course,
someone told us — [ Laughter ]
about 15 years ago. -Is that right?
-But now we’re just meeting tonight, yeah. -There’s a question I wanted to
ask you because I think it was last year you got a little
political in England. You didn’t want to get
Boris Johnson re-elected. -Yeah.
-Or to be Prime Minister — so, you went — is this true,
you went door to door knocking on people’s doors
telling them not to vote for Boris Johnson?
-I did. [ Cheers and applause ] -What can people do? What? -Well, they pretended to be
very nice. [ Laughter ]
I took eight different candidates around and, you know,
we knocked on doors and I said, “Are you going to vote for Jim?”
and they all say, “Oh, yes. very much so”
and none of them did. [ Laughter ]
-It didn’t work. -Every single one of my
candidates lost. [ Laughter ]
-Oh, my God. -100% record of failure.
-This is good. It’s good to try it, though.
-Well, I felt I had to — -Did people to be like
“Love Actually.” [ Laughter ]
And that’s what you did. -I think some of the adults
thought that and some of the kids burst into
tears because they thought I was the guy from “Paddington
2,” you know what I mean? [ Laughter ]
Yeah. -The funny thing about this
movie is you kind of got into this, Hugh, because it
was your wedding day maybe. -It was an absurd encounter.
-Yes. -I was on my way to my wedding
with my wife. I was very late and trying cross
the road in Sloane Square in London and a man falls off
his bike in front of us. Idiot.
[ Laughter ] Oh, Christ.
[ Laughter ] I tried to pick him up and along
comes Guy Ritchie who I know I bit ’cause I did
“Man from U.N.C.L.E.” with him. -Yeah.
-And he said, “Sorry Hugh, it’s my assistant. He’s always
falling off his bike. Get up, get up.”
[ Light laughter ] So, he got up. Anyway, “Bye,
goodnight. Nice to see you.” Guy said, “No, no. Wait, wait,
wait, I got a script for you.” I said, “Yes, fine,
but I’ve got to get married and I’m really late.”
[ Light laughter ] He said, “No, no, I’ll tell you
the picture, the whole story.” [ Laughter ]
-Yeah. So, you were late for your
wedding because Guy Ritchie? -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-And it turned out to be this movie.
It’s fantastic by the way. -It’s fun, isn’t it?
-It’s so much fun. It’s great. I mean, you must have gotten to
know each or a little bit on set even though you didn’t
have — -No.
-You really haven’t? -Really, tonight.
[ Laughter ] -You just did really meet
tonight. -Yeah, pretty much.
-No, we — we did a read-through together.
-What was your first impression. -We didn’t say anything
to each other. [ Laughter ] -I tried to talk to him.
[ Laughter ] -He — really?
He’s not one of those. He’s not really talkative guy.
-It’s a bit grand. -Yeah.
What did you think when you were going to work with
Matthew McConaughey? What did you think he was going
to be like. -I — I don’t like working with
very good actors ’cause they show me up.
[ Laughter ] And I was aware that he’d won
bloody Oscars and things like that.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah.
-Was not very happy about it. -No, yeah.
-Yeah. -And what did you think about
when you were going to work with Hugh Grant?
-Well, what you probably don’t know about Hugh
is how jolly of a character he is.
[ Laughter ] An infectious humor and laughter
and just so happy. It pisses everyone off.
[ Laughter ] -That’s not the case at all.
-One of the funniest men I’ve ever —
-I’m a humanist. It is an art. [ Laughter ] -Matthew, describe your
character in “The Gentlemen.” How did you come up with Mickey?
-Mickey, he’s is an American expat who is living in London,
who has a very profitable marijuana empire
and he’s trying to sell off this multi-hundred million
dollar empire, gracefully and civilly for a fair price,
but because he’s in the business with a bunch of scallywags,
of course, they’re not going to pay
the fair price. [ Laughter ]
So, instead of eloquently retiring as I want to
he has to get up and get very violent again
and try to eliminate the — the bad guys.
-Yeah. [ Laughter ]
-And, Hugh, your character, I’ve never seen you play
a character like this. -How good is this man in this?
-He crushes it. -Crushes it.
-Oh. -This is amazing.
-No, Matthew McConaughey. [ Cheers and applause ]
Oh, that’s very nice. He’s a proper actor. I’m messing around in this film
and I don’t know if it comes off but, yes, I play an incredibly
sleazy repellant, reptile of a human being.
[ Laughter ] He’s a private investigator
working for a big tabloid newspaper and that, of course,
was sort of joke casting on Guy Ritchie’s part ’cause
I’ve been ranting and raving about tabloid newspapers
for years, but it was — it was quite fun
and I was able to — I’ve now made friends, you see,
during my campaigning with some of the guys who used
to hack my phone, steal my medical records,
in one case, burgle my flat. [ Light laughter ]
That was weird ’cause the people I campaign with,
give me a party every year and at each one they introduce
me to another person who did something terrible to me
and it’s just strange they say, “Oh, Hugh, I don’t
think you’ve met Bill. He burgled your flat in 1996.”
[ Laughter ] And you go, “Oh, hi.
Well, have a drink. I think you know where
everything is, you know.” [ Laughter ]
[ Applause ] -“Let yourself in.
you know the place.” -Yeah.
-“You know the place pretty well.”
Oh, you know, I had an idea I thought it would be kind of fun. I thought it would be kind of
fun if you read a famous line of Matthew’s and Matthew, you
read a famous line of Hugh’s. -Okay.
-Would you be up for that? -Yes, please.
-Alright, Matthew, you can go first.
-Nevermind. -First one is Hugh’s line
from “Love Actually.” -[ British accent ] “Who do you
have to screw around here to get a cup of tea
and a chocolate biscuit?” [ Laughter ]
-Wait, but how would — how would —
that sounded like him. But, how would you do it as
Matthew McConaughey? [ Laughter ] -“Who do you got to screw around
here to get a cup of tea and a biscuit?”
[ Laughter ] -So much hotter.
-It’s not bad. -Yeah.
-And then Hugh, could you read this line here?
This from one of Matthew’s — -“Alright, alright, alright!” [ Laughter ]
[ Cheers and applause ] -Yes! Why, that did again.
[ Cheers and applause ]