“Greenlights” is a book written by Matthew McConaughey. You’ll find here a lot about McConaughey’s life and career, from his childhood in Texas to his breakout role in “Dazed and Confused” to his Oscar-winning turn in “Dallas Buyers Club”. McConaughey is a great storyteller, and the book is filled with funny, poignant, and inspiring stories about his life and work.
Why the “Greenlights” is a must-read?
It’s a must-read for any fan of the actor or anyone interested in an inside look at the Hollywood machine. McConaughey is incredibly candid about his life and career, and the book offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a Hollywood star.
This unique book isn’t an autobiography, nor a memoir. This book is a collection of stories, some true, and others fiction. But all the stories in this book have one common thread – they all led to McConaughey’s success.
The stories in “Greenlights” are both funny and inspiring, and they offer a unique insight into the mind of a Hollywood star.
What Matthew McConaughey says about (t)his book?
“So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.
Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
It’s a love letter. To life.
It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights-and to realising that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
What do others say about it?
This was such a fun read written in a very cool and unusual style.
Matthew McConaughey is such a cool guy and he lives his life the way he wants to live it. In the book he tells you his story about staying true to himself and every time he strays from that, he stops, centers himself, and then becomes even more successful and happy because of being himself. And this is an industry and a world where everyone tries to be something they are not.
His stories and dreams can take strange turns at times, but you have to read this book with an open mind. Also included throughout the book he puts in his little “bumper stickers” and poems that he wrote in his journals through the years. And the coolest thing in the book for me is that his biggest dream in life was to become a father.
This book was fun, it was entertaining, and it was interesting. It made me laugh so much and it broke my heart. Matthew has been one of my favorite actors since A Time To Kill. I loved hearing his behind-the-scenes stories about making his movies.
But it is so much more than that. Matthew really is a born storyteller. Greenlights covers his life from being a kid right up to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is stories from his diaries that he has been keeping since he was 15. He talks about his exchange student program in Australia, which wasn’t quite what he expected but it was a turning point in his life. His experiences, his thoughts, and his positive outlook on life, it is all very inspiring.