Matthew McConaughey’s latest message to fans is scratching their heads.
The Oscar-winning star, who may or may not be running for governor of Texas, posted a unique video message on Sunday with the caption “Happy 245th birthday America – let’s rock” to celebrate the Fourth of July.
“As we celebrate our independence today, as we celebrate our birth as a nation, the day that started a revolution to gain our sovereignty, let us admit that this trip around the sun last year was also a shocker,” said the 51-year-old actor. start. He gestured decisively, wearing and speaking from behind brown aviator sunglasses with gold frames against a backdrop of the American flag with bangs, his hair rolled up over his white collar.
He characterized the nation’s division as a “growing pain” and urged his followers to keep hope.
“We’re basically going through puberty compared to other state timelines, and we’re going through growing pains,” McConaughey argued. “This is no excuse, to say, it’s just reality. And this is good because we have to keep learning, we have to stay mature, we have to keep fighting, we have to keep climbing, we have to keep building. And we must ensure that we nurture hope along the way, as we continue to develop.
“Why? That’s why we are. Why? Because the alternative sucks.”
USA TODAY has reached out to McConaughey’s representatives for further comment.
In the video, the actor describes America as “keep moving … trying to be wiser, trying to be bolder, trying to dream more, trying to do more, trying to be fairer, taking the right responsibilities, to gain an advantage. the right kind of freedom” and asked fans to consider, as they celebrate, “where we want to go from here on our way to being the best we can be.”
“Now what if it was a song, and each of us just said, ‘I can’t help but sing that song’? … Let’s make it a song we can’t help but sing.
“Happy Birthday, stay alive,” McConaughey concluded, pointing to the camera. “I’ll see you there.”
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The video has more than 1.45 million views on the actor’s verified Instagram and Twitter accounts.
After initially ignoring reports of his political ambitions, the “Dallas Buyers Club” star in March told the Austin American-Statesman, part of the USA TODAY Network, that he would be “foolish” not to consider running for governor.
“But honestly I have to ask myself, ‘How can I be the most useful?’ And maybe it’s as a free agent,” McConaughey said, describing himself as “centric aggressive.” “I would say, as far as running, I wouldn’t. So my decision hasn’t changed because I still haven’t.”
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott is set to be re-elected in 2022 for a third term. A new poll of 1,090 registered voters released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler shows Abbott has a narrow lead over McConaughey: 39% will support Abbott, while 38% will support McConaughey.
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