Matthew McConaughey on Why He's Leaning in So Many Movie Poster Photos

In real life, Matthew McConaughey is, by most accounts, a stand-up guy. You just wouldn’t know it from his movie posters. As eagle-eyed meme generators have pointed out, the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club star has a habit of leaning on his co-stars in the posters for a number of his films. It’s a trend that dates all the way back to his 1999 comedy, EDtv, and also includes the hit rom-coms How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Catching up with McConaughey for his latest film, The Dark Towerwhere, it must be said, he does stand up straight in the posters — Yahoo Movies presented him with visual proof of his leaning ways. Pointing to the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days poster, he notes that this was the first occurrence of the lean in his mid-’00s rom-com run. “It’s a nice little lean,” he says with a classic McConaughey eyebrow wiggle. “This film does very well! So then we come out and do [Failure to Launch] and we go, ‘Well, let’s just lean a little further.‘” McConaughey’s Dark Tower co-star, Idris Elba, confirms that the actor can stand up by himself during shooting, but makes no promises about their off-camera antics. “We’re planning on hitting a bar later. We’ll see who’ll be doing the leaning.”

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