Matthew McConaughey: Fortune teller told me to do ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” changed the trajectory of Matthew McConaughey’s career — and he has a fortune to thank for it.

The 53-year-old recently told Vanity Fair that he was debating whether to star in the 2003 rom-com when he got a sign from the universe.

“I remember wondering if I was going to do it one night while walking down Sunset Boulevard,” the actor recalled. “Suddenly, this guy comes to me out of nowhere – he was a fortune guru. [and] goes, ‘Can I tell you how lucky you are?’

He continued, “I was like, ‘Yeah, man. Sure.’ He immediately goes, ‘There’s a movie you’re considering right now. It’s a romantic comedy. You have to do it or it’ll be the biggest regret of your life. It’s going to be a blast. It’s going to be an incredible experience and it’s going to make a lot of money.”

The role of Benjamin Barry almost went to another actor.

The role of Benjamin Barry almost went to another actor.


While McConaughey initially thought that “the studio had hired a mystery man to influence his decision,” the suggestion stuck with him.

“I laughed at the thought, but I also remember thinking it more seriously,” the Oscar winner said. “I think I even accepted the offer the next day.”

However, it’s not just Fortune Teller that we have to thank for McConaughey’s stellar performance.

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in the crowd.
The film’s 20-year anniversary is coming up next week.
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According to Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow was originally supposed to play Andy Anderson.

Yet when things fell through and Hudson accepted the gig, she was the one who suggested McConaughey play Benjamin Barry.

“We were looking at guys and going back and forth about who would be the right guy. That guy was really important to me. Matthew came to a meeting and I thought it was a great idea. I love him. The energy was great. We hit it off straight away,” the 43-year-old revealed.

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson kiss.
Hudson recommended McConaughey for the role because she loved her “energy”.
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Although Hudson said there is “nothing in the works” when it comes to a possible sequel, next week marks the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.

So, while we can’t take a second look at Hudson in that yellow silk dress, there’s always Netflix — or is there?

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