Thursday, May 24, 2012
Matthew McConaughey to go from male stripper to JFK
New film puts the shirtless hunk in unlikely role of President John F. Kennedy.
Actor Matthew McConaughey, who has a laid-back demeanor both in real life and on screen, isn't the first person you would pick to play the president of the United States, but that's exactly what he'll do when he steps into the shoes of John F. Kennedy in the upcoming film, The Butler.
The film, directed by Lee Daniels (Precious), is the story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight presidents; Allen will be played by Forest Whitaker.
Although the film will likely only depict JFK in Washington, D.C., McConaughey's casting continues a small trend of him having a tenuous connection to Dallas. His upcoming role in Magic Mike, the Steven Soderbergh-directed movie about male strippers, features McConaughey as a character named Dallas, owner of the club where the titular character works.
Other notable actors in the sure-to-be buzzed-about movie include John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, and Oprah Winfrey as Eugene Allen's wife.