Matthew McConaughey talked about his amazing experience at the 2016 Rio Olympics during the Hollywood premiere of his upcoming animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
McConaughey told Access Hollywood that he’d “never been to Olympics” before, so his recent trip to Rio with his Brazilian-born wife Camila Alves was definitely an adventure to remember.
“I was there for one week and it feels like I saw enough to be there for a month,” the 46-year-old actor told Entertainment Tonight. “My wife and I jammed in as much as we could. From the beach, Copa Cabana, back to the Olympic Village and back again 10 times.”
However, due to Alves’ Brazilian roots, the Oscar-winning actor admitted that there were times when he and Alves ended up cheering for opposing teams, especially when American athletes went head-to-head against the Brazilians in beach volleyball. “They kinda buzzsawed us, they won that one pretty cleanly,” McConaughey said.
“Then we had some swimming events where there was the Brazilians versus the Americans. I came out on top of those,” he continued. “I was in the American cheering section with all the other American swimmers, so when a Brazilian was in the race, she [Alves] made sure to get out of that section to go hang out with the Brazilians.”
Unfortunately, the pair had to end their Rio adventure as McConaughey needed to attend the Hollywood premiere of “Kubo and the Two Strings,” which marks his first voice acting credit.
“I kept getting asked by friends, ‘What films have you done that your kids love the most?’ and I said, ‘They haven't been able to watch any yet,’” joked McConaughey, who shares three children with Alves. “So that was part of the reason I was looking for something to do with an animated character.”
McConaughey’s co-star Charlize Theron also had the same reason for joining the Travis Knight-directed film. “It was really nice to find something that my children could actually see," the mother of two told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. “They would have to be at least 52 to see any of my work.”
Aside from McConaughey and Theron, the film — which is the latest animated offering from stop-motion studio Laika, creator of the critically acclaimed movies “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls” — also features the vocal talents of Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Art Parkinson.
“Kubo and The Two Strings” opens in theaters on Friday, Aug. 19.