Director Richard Linklater cast Matthew McConaughey's brother in Newton Boys and offered his mom a chance to try out for a role in Bernie, the independent dramedy starring Matthew, Jack Black, and Shirley MacLaine. After her audition, Matthew asked if she'd gotten the role and his mom - not being a professional actress - really had no idea.
"She tells me she went to audition, or met him," explained McConaughey, "She goes, 'And Rick said he thinks I'm just right for it.' So a couple weeks go by and I go, 'So did you get the part?' She's like, 'Well, I mean, Rick said I was just right.' I go, 'No, no, no. That's what a director could say when they like it in the room but did he say you've got the part?' She goes, 'No, no, he didn't.' I said, 'You may be getting a callback. You better get ready to get interviewed some more.'
So I get her pumped up and I was serious with her, but I'm jacking with her to make sure. So she starts working, I work with her one night. She's walking around at any given time for a week saying her, 'Well, mayyyybe.' I'm working with her and stuff and telling her, 'Don't worry about the lines. Just relax. This is who you are. Be yourself and that's what Rick is probably going to like the most too.' I don't remember exactly how it went down but he finally just said yes, gave her the formal yes, and everything went notched up. In other words, we had succeeded." Read the article...
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