Matthew McConaughey defends his romantic comedies

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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05: Actor Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves celebrate after the Texas Longhorns defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Actor Matthew McConaughey celebrates after Texas defeated Ohio State 24-21 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game in Glendale, Ariz., Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, left, walks with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL football practice at Redskins Park, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, left, walks with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL football practice at Redskins Park, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Actor Matthew McConaughey, right, stands with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder during NFL football practice at Redskins Park, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Actor Matthew McConaughey at football drills at the 49ers Academy School in East Palo Alto, Calf., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. McConaughey and other San Francisco 49ers football players worked out with the students in the "Just Keep Livin' Play 60" campaign designed to help kids lead active lives and make healthy choices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Actor Matthew McConaughey at football drills at the 49ers Academy School in East Palo Alto, Calf., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. McConaughey and other San Francisco 49ers football players worked out with the students in the "Just Keep Livin' Play 60" campaign designed to help kids lead active lives and make healthy choices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Actor Matthew McConaughey at football drills at the 49ers Academy School in East Palo Alto, Calf., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. McConaughey and other San Francisco 49ers football players worked out with the students in the "Just Keep Livin' Play 60" campaign designed to help kids lead active lives and make healthy choices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Actor Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves watch football drills at the 49ers Academy School in East Palo Alto, Calf., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. McConaughey and other San Francisco 49ers football players worked out with the students in the "Just Keep Livin' Play 60" campaign designed to help kids lead active lives and make healthy choices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Actor Matthew McConaughey, right, and San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis watch football drills at the 49ers Academy School in East Palo Alto, Calf., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. McConaughey and other San Francisco 49ers football players worked out with the students in the "Just Keep Livin' Play 60" campaign designed to help kids lead active lives and make healthy choices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Entertainer Matthew McConaughey and LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) shake hands before the start of the LSU-Vanderbilt NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05: Actor Matthew McConaughey celebrates after the Texas Longhorns defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05: Actor Matthew McConaughey attends the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game between the Texas Longhorns and the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Actor and Texas alumnus Matthew McConaughey cheers from the sideline as his team takes the field before Texas faces Southern California in the Rose Bowl, the national championship college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Actor Matthew McConaughey talks with University of Texas football player Billy Pitman after a team photo for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006. McConaughey attended University of Texas. The Longhorns face Southern California in the national championship game at the Rose Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 04: Actor Matthew McConaughey and cyclist Lance Armstrong celebrate after the Texas Longhorns defeated the USC Trojans 41-38 to win the BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Game on January 4, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey celebrates the Texas 41-38 victory over Southern California in the Rose Bowl, the national championship college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Actor Matthew McConaughey shakes hands with University of Texas students before Texas meets Southern California in the Rose Bowl, the national championship college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Actor Matthew McConaughey at football drills at the 49ers Academy School in East Palo Alto, Calf., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. McConaughey and other San Francisco 49ers football players worked out with the students in the "Just Keep Livin' Play 60" campaign designed to help kids lead active lives and make healthy choices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Actor Matthew McConaughey at football drills at the 49ers Academy School in East Palo Alto, Calf., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. McConaughey and other San Francisco 49ers football players worked out with the students in the "Just Keep Livin' Play 60" campaign designed to help kids lead active lives and make healthy choices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Actor Matthew McConaughey, center, and Director McG, left, pump their fists as they enter Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va., Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 prior to the Central Florida and Marshall college football game. McConaughey and McG were on hand to promote their movie "We Are Marshall" premiering in December, which tells the story of a rebuilding year after a 1970 plane; crash killed much of that year's Thundering Herd football team and several community members. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)
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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 3: Actor Matthew McConaughey (L) poses with University of Texas head coach Mack Brown (R) during a team photo at the Rose Bowl January 3, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Before Matthew McConaughey was winning awards for his role in Dallas Buyers Club and being praised for his complicated character in True Detective, he dominated another genre: the romantic comedy.

His roles as a leading man in such films as Failure to Launch, How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days and Ghost of Girlfriends Past didn't win him any awards, but he says they were still tough acting jobs.

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"These things aren't easy. What's hard is to make them look easy," he tells GQ magazine. "Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it's completely unfair."

But he wasn't afraid of getting typecast. "I've never had fears that I was stuck in one thing. I'm sure we're going to talk about the years when I was in romantic comedies and I was seen as the guy who was on the beach, running around shirtless. I did that. Damn right that was me."

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Further defending the romantic roles some would label interchangeable, the 44-year-old actor continues, "I wasn't scared like, 'Oh God, I'm going to be stuck here.' But I was like, I understand at some point that that is in italics now. So I said, 'You know what? I'm not going to be openly presenting that for a while. I'm going to un-brand.'"

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The "work hard, play hard" McConaughey also admits to GQ that the romcom filming process was a good time. "I did Fool's Gold in Australia, had a summer in Malibu, and made a surfer film -- basically, when you edit those all together, it was one continuous 90-degree day on the beach without a shirt," he recalls.

As for his real-life romance with Camila Alves, he says that his wife did have to put a little pressure on the actor to pop the question. "I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn't want it to be a destination; the fun is that we're on the adventure together," he says. "And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, 'C'mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We'll- Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either sh** or get off the pot.'"

The couple have three children together, and McConaughey couldn't be a more proud dad, gushing, "It's the one thing I've always wanted to be. Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn."

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McConaughey certainly moved on from romcoms in 2013 and could earn yet another Oscar nom this year for his role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Check out his emotional performance in the trailer, below.

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