Matthew Mcconaughey is continuing to practice his bongo playing skills - even though he was infamously caught tapping his drums in the nude when he was arrested for possessing marijuana.

The notorious 1999 event has become a major part of Hollywood folklore, particularly because the actor was practicing his instrument naked when police discovered him in full rhythmic swing.

But McConaughey - currently dating PENELOPE CRUZ - hasn't allowed the undignified incident to sour his percussion passion.

He tells British magazine EMPIRE, "A few days back I met some real cool people in Baltimore and we had a good drum session. I've always liked banging on something, whatever's to hand, my stomach, or a Coke bottle.

"I like the bongos; they keep the bass rhythm to any music, y'know?"

30/03/2005 09:05