During an interview for BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show” to promote his new movie “Gold,” Matthew McConaughey was asked if it was time Hollywood and those who oppose President Donald Trump give him a break.
“Well, they don’t have a choice now,” McConaughey said. “He’s our president. And it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time as we’ve ever had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years. So even those who may disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done — which is another thing, we’ll see what he does compared to what he has said — no matter how much you even disagreed along the way it’s time to think how constructive can you be because he’s our next president for years, at least.”
It’s a surprise not just because McConaughey is in an industry that has widely and loudly voiced its displeasure with the new president, but also because, as People points out in the wake of Trump’s immigration ban, his wife, Camila Alves, is an immigrant from Brazil who came to the US when she was 15 and became a US citizen in 2015.
Then again, it is also not clear exactly when the interview was recorded and if it was prior to Trump’s executive order placing a controversial temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.
Representatives for McConaughey did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Watch McConaughey’s thoughts on Trump from “The Andrew Marr Show” below:
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