Matthew McConaughey Reacts to Lance Armstrong Scandal: “I Was Pissed Off”
We’ve seen them workout together (shirtless, obviously) a number of times, but what does Matthew McConaughey think about his friend Lance Armstrong and Lance’s latest drama surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs?
MTV caught up with Matthew to talk about how he took the news, and what he thinks Lance’s legacy will be.
“My first reaction was I was pissed off. I was mad. I then got kind of sad for him. First off, I had a part of me that took it kind of personally, which I think a lot of people have," Matthew said.
He continued: “What I realized is that those of us that took that personally, like, 'Oh, he lied to me,' it's not true. What I mean by this is, what was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, 'Hey man, I did it but don't tell anybody.' Then I would have really had a reason to be pissed off at him, going, 'You want me to walk around holding this?'"
And now that he has had time to process the situation, Matthew is done with anger. “Where I am now is I've put myself out of the way and I am happy for this guy, who has now chosen to reenter this new chapter of his life a truly free man. And the weight he had on his shoulders, without the boogieman under the bed, the skeleton in the closet that he's carried for 14 years. Fourteen years he lied and carried the lie with him.”
“You know the old line that Oprah said the other night, 'The truth will set you free.’ Yeah, but she forgot one part. It's miserable in the beginning. And it's going to be miserable. But he's looking it in the eye, and he'll handle it. He'll deal. And he's ready for how hard it's going to be to deal. In my opinion, at the end of it all, this so-called life, his legacy will be what he did for cancer. That's what will go on living. That's if he doesn't do anything else,” Matthew said.
Do you agree with Lance’s longtime (very attractive) friend?