Matthew McConaughey's ''gross'' Killer Joe role

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Academy award-winning director William Friedkin helms this dark comedy drama/crime thriller, which is written by Tracy Letts and adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winner's play of the same name. The plot concerns a young man by the name of Chris (Emile Hirsch) who panics upon realizing the size of his debt with a drug lord. Without the means to pay and aware his life is in jeopardy, he decides the only solution is to murder his evil mother (played by Gina Gershon) to collect the insurance money. Chris recruits his dad, his mom's ex-husband, to help him with the plan, and together the two hire a hit man by the name of Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey). Interestingly enough, the tough-looking quiet guy is actually a Dallas cop moonlighting as a contract killer. Juno Temple also stars in the role of Dottie, Chris's sister, who unwittingly gets wrapped up in her dad and brother's heinous murder plot.
June 29th, 2012

Matthew McConaughey says 'Killer Joe' made him want to ''clean himself with a steel-brush''.

The 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' actor admits the crime thriller - which contains suggestions of incest and a lot of nudity - was a far reach from his romantic-comedy past and made him feel ''sick''.

He said: ''It made me feel sick. I didn't like it at all. I felt it was gross.''

The Texan-born actor - renowned for playing light-hearted roles in Hollywood - admits he wanted a particular eye-watering scene involving Gina Gershona and a chicken drumstick to ''go down in cult history''.

He added: ''After the first take I think I blacked out or was seeing stars. I was excited to go to work that day. I had the chance to do one of those scenes that could go down in cult history.

''It's scary to do but it was a real go-for-it scene.''

The 42-year-old star plays the lead role in the 2012 movie, and while he is renowned for playing more light-hearted characters, he is hoping 'Killer Joe' will define a new chapter for his career.

He told the Guardian newspaper: ''I'm hanging my hat on reality and humanity, not morality. I didn't go after 'Killer Joe'. Billy Friedkin came to me for it.''