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McConaughey ready for something more than rom-coms

posted 28 Jul 2012, 05:09 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 28 Jul 2012, 05:10 ]

Actor Matthew McConaughey plays a hitman in new film "Killer Joe," says he is ready to try new roles

VOLTAGE PICTURES - Matthew McConaughey tries his luck as a hitman cop in the new thriller film "Killer Joe." The actor, who is known for his numerous romantic comedies, says he is now looking for roles that make him work a little harder.

"I was seeing some romantic comedies and some action adventure films and stories that I just felt like I'd either, one, done a version of them before or, two, felt like I could do them tomorrow. Let me do something that I'm not that comfortable with that quick. Let me do something that I'm really excited about getting on the other side of the mystery with with a character but I don't know the answer. And I know I'm going to have to go to work and I'm going to have days when I'm going, I don't know who this guy is, what am I going to do, and I'll figure it out," said the recently married actor.

"Killer Joe" follows the story of Chris Smith, played by Emile Hirsch, who wants his mother killed so he can collect her life insurance. In an unexpected twist, Smith is forced to offer his younger sister, Dottie Smith, played by Juno Temple, as a retainer for the job.

Hirsch, like co-star McConaughey, says the project was an opportunity to work with director William Friedkin.

"You know, it was a chance to get to work with William Friedkin, who, I've seen his movies, "Exorcist," "French Connection," some of those legendary movies he's done, and loved them. And, a chance to get to work with someone who has laid down a film like that was a big opportunity," said Hirsch.

"Killer Joe" hits select theaters in the U.S. on July 27.