Matthew McConaughey Was Nervous Meeting Martin Scorsese

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December 31, 2013 | 7:25am EST

Matthew Mcconaughey found himself sweating with nerves before meeting director Martin Scorsese after the Hollywood star was approached to join the cast of The Wolf Of Wall Street, because he studied the moviemaker at film school.
The Sahara actor admits he felt a little starstruck by the revered Goodfellas filmmaker, but he was immediately put at ease by the Hollywood veteran’s easy-going nature and sense of humor.
He tells MTV News, “I studied Martin Scorsese in film school in 1992, at the University of Texas. All of the sudden, a year and a half ago or two years ago, I’m going to meet Martin Scorsese at this apartment in New York.
“I was just nervous to meet an icon like that. And the first thing I got from him was, ‘This guy loves funny.’ It occurred to me that most of the people who are great at what they do, they love funny.”
The meeting led to McConaughey landing a small part as a Wall Street hot shot in the new dramatic comedy, an adaptation of disgraced New York financier Jordan Belfort’s memoir, which chronicles his lavish life in banking and his subsequent downfall as he was jailed for securities fraud and money laundering.
McConaughey wasn’t the only castmember in awe of Scorsese – actor/director Jon Favreau, who plays an attorney in the new movie, revelled in watching the master at work on set.
Favreau says, “I love the guy. I always have. To work on this type of movie with him, was a huge treat.
“He’s such a visionary, so I expected him to come in with a book of notes and storyboards, like a (Alfred) Hitchcock type. I was amazed at how loose he is, how collaborative he is, how much fun he has, and how much he laughs.”