Matthew McConaughey Joins ‘How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days’ Thanks to Guru
Matthew McConaughey has revealed that his iconic stint in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days came about thanks to a fortune teller.
The 2003 flick, also starring Kate Hudson and Kathryn Hahn, has gone down as one of the most popular rom-coms of all time, thanks to an epic plot and the chemistry between the two leads.
It focused on columnist Andie Anderson (Kate) who pitched an article on being able to date and drive away a man in 10 days, picking unsuspecting Benjamin Barry (Matthew) as her mark.
Unfortunately, her new beau threw a spanner in the works as he had bet his colleagues that he was able to make her fall in love with him in the same amount of time.
Chaos inevitably ensued as the couple tried their best to come out on top, leading to a dying ‘love fern’, a stunning yellow dress and a terrible rendition of You’re So Vain.
However, speaking on the 20-year anniversary of the flick, Matthew confessed that he was conflicted over taking the role – until a chance encounter with a ‘guru’.
Could you imagine anyone but Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the film? (Picture: Paramount)
‘We were looking at guys and kept going back and forth about who would be the right guy. The guy for me was really important. Matthew came up in a meeting and I thought that was a great idea. I loved his energy. We immediately just got along,’ Kate recalled in a chat with Vanity Fair.
Matthew said: ‘I remember considering whether I was going to do it or not one night while on a walk down Sunset Boulevard when suddenly, this guy comes up out of nowhere to me—he was a fortune teller guru [and] goes, “Can I tell you your fortune real quick?” 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 this or it will be one of the biggest regrets of your life. It is going to be a blast, it is going to be an incredible experience and it is going to make a bunch of money.”
Matthew was convinced to join by a fortune teller (Picture: Paramount)
‘I remember thinking, Did the studio hire this guy? I laughed at the thought, but I also remember taking a more serious consideration. I think I even accepted the offer the next day.’
Someone find that fortune teller and offer him a raise.
That wasn’t the only bombshell about the casting, as it was revealed that Gwyneth Paltrow was originally slated for Kate’s role, before she had to pull.
Writer Burr Steers added to the publication: ‘Initially Gwyneth was attached to it, and then at some point, she must have had a conflict and had to pull out.’
Could you imagine anyone else as Andie Anderson?
Gwyneth Paltrow was originally attached for the lead role ahead of Kate (Picture: Paramount)
How To Lose A Guy was a blockbuster hit, taking home around $177million at the box office.
Matthew previously revealed that he would up for a sequel, telling E!’s Daily Pop in 2020: ‘Possibly. I mean, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is teed up, you know, teed up for one that you could easily do a sequel.
‘And that was a really good one. As far as romantic comedies go, that was a really good one. And it lasts! People still love that one.
‘I enjoyed that one quite a bit.’
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