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August 21 2014

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Southern Comfort

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“I didn’t do much reading growing up, or movie watching,” confessed the southern-born Matthew McConaughey at yesterday evening’s Cinema Society screening of Mud. “We were not a media culture family. We were storytellers.” That’s something he has in common with his latest character: Mud, the star of Jeff Nichols’ new film of the same name. “He learned how the world works through nature—from the land, the water, the stars,” McConaughey told Style.com. “He’s not someone who got book-learned or schooled, so he’s remained incredibly innocent in his heart,” added the actor, who said that he went camping alone for a few days to prepare for the role.

Mud is a gritty Southern yarn that, in addition to McConaughey, features the recently headline-making Reese Witherspoon as the love that got away, and Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland as young boys on a Twain-esque coming-of-age journey up the Mississippi.

During the after-screening party at Harlow, Sarah Paulson, who plays a desperate houseboat-wife, divulged that she signed on to the film for one simple reason: “I didn’t have to wear makeup. Not a drop. And I thought, ‘It doesn’t matter how tired I look, because I’m playing such a tired mom!’” Maybe so, but Paulson, who starts shooting her next project—American Horror Story: Coven—in July, was definitely not in character last night. The actress admitted that getting to wear a girly RED Valentino dress to Mud‘s fête was a treat.

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