Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey joins Ryan Tubridy on Friday's Late Late Show on RTÉ One to discuss his family, career and new memoir, Greenlights.

The Texan, an Oscar winner for Dallas Buyers Club in 2014, tells of his "un-branding" as a rom-com actor and his return to dramatic roles.

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"It was very intentional," he says. 

"I was the rom-com guy, but that became all I was getting offered. I was also in the tabloids every week as the shirtless guy on the beach...

"I was looking for something that scared me a little bit, roles that challenged me and scared me in my boots. Nobody was sending me those offers.

"I decided to stop doing what I was doing. I said 'no' to rom-coms. After about 20 months after zero work, zero offers, wondering if I would ever work again in the industry, I became a new idea."

McConaughey also discusses his parents' tumultuous relationship.

"It was a very passionate relationship," he recounts. "It was a rocky relationship; married three times, divorced twice. It was violent at times, but it was always surrounded by how much they loved each other. You're married three times, divorced twice - that's a good example of can't-live-with-you-can't-live-without-you..."

McConaughey has described his just-published memoir as "an album, a record, a story of my life so far".

"Ever since I learned to write, I've been keeping a journal. Writing down anything that turned me on, turned me off, made me laugh, made me cry, made me question or kept me up at night," he said in advance of its publication. 

"Two years ago, I worked up the courage to take all those journals off into solitary confinement - just to see what the hell I had. And I returned with a book."

The Late Late Show, Friday, RTÉ One, 9:35pm
 

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