- Matthew McConaughey was set to have a small part in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.”
- Then he had an audition for the lead villain in which he threatened a secretary with a spoon.
- He said in a video on his YouTube channel that he did it until she cried.
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Matthew McConaughey recently looked back on the unique way he landed the role of the villain Vilmer in the 1997 B movie “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.”
McConaughey said in a recent video on his YouTube channel that he was supposed to have a small role in the movie and would’ve shot for a single day. In fact, he said, he had a U-Haul packed, as he was going to drive to Los Angeles the day after shooting to pursue a career in acting.
But when the movie’s director, Kim Henkel, told him he was looking for someone to play Vilmer and asked if McConaughey had any suggestions, McConaughey asked if he could audition.
“I said, ‘I should try out for that role,'” he said in the YouTube video.
The office secretary agreed to read the scene with McConaughey for his audition, he said.
“I ran to the kitchen that was in this house where the office was, grabbed a big tablespoon out of the drawer, came back in, and just pinned her in a corner and acted like it was a weapon,” he recalled, “and did it until she, like, cried.”
He added: “Kim was like, ‘That was good,’ and then the girl was like, ‘Yeah, that was really good. You really scared me.'”
Henkel gave McConaughey the role on the spot, birthing one of the Oscar winner’s most bizarre roles.
The movie, a remake of the iconic 1974 horror, has become a cult classic because of McConaughey’s chilling performance and the casting of Renée Zellweger, who was also an unknown then, in the lead role.
Obviously, both went on to do greater things. McConaughey won the Oscar for best actor in 2014 for “Dallas Buyers Club” and was nominated for a lead-actor Emmy the same year for “True Detective.”
Meanwhile, Zellweger won the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2004 for “Cold Mountain” and for best actress in 2020 for “Judy.”