Matthew McConaughey calls out anti-maskers in interview teasing potential run for Texas governor

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey has teased a potential political run. Gary Miller/Getty Images
  • Matthew McConaughey has said that mask-wearing is a “short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom.”
  • He urged Americans to “take one for the team” by wearing masks in a recent interview.
  • The Hollywood star also responded to speculation that he will run for Texas governor in 2020.
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Hollywood star and potential Texas gubernatorial candidate Matthew McConaughey has called out the politicization of wearing masks in a recent interview on the OZY’s “The Carlos Watson Show,” Newsweek reported.

“I’m not believing you’re really scared of this little cotton thing. I don’t really feel that takes away your identity and your freedom,” McConaughey said in a teaser clip for the show.

The “Dallas Buyers Club” star went on to advocate for mask-wearing as the best way to bring about a permanent end to COVID-19 restrictions. “This is a short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom,” he said.

“There’s no data that says it’s not a good thing, no data that says it is harmful, let’s all take one for the team here,” McConaughey continued.

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The host of the show, Carlos Watson, also addressed speculation that the actor will run for Texas governor in 2022.

An April poll showed that he has a double-digit lead over incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, Insider previously reported.

Watson asked if McConaughey would get a “buzz” or would find running for governor “challenging.”

“Challenging, it would definitely be,” he replied. “But I don’t know if that’s the ‘buzz.’ I’m not interested in going and putting a bunch of band-aids on that will be ripped off as soon as I’m out. I’m interested in building something that will last.”

McConaughey has not definitively said that he will run for governor, but he has referred to it as a ” “true consideration” and has said that he is giving it “honest consideration.”