Matthew McConaughey was on the way to becoming a lawyer when he picked up the inspirational book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, and decided his real future lay in screen acting. A chance meeting with a casting director in an Austin bar secured his first real film role. The casting director introduced him to director Richard Linklater who gave McConaughey a role in his upcoming film, Dazed and Confused. More roles followed but high-wattage performances in two 1996 movies, the crime thriller Lone Star, and the film adaptation of John Grisham's novel A Time to Kill made the young actor one of the industry's hottest young leading men inspiring comparisons to actor Paul Newman.
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