Actors choose to work on movies in many different ways and for many different reasons, but for Matthew Mcconaughey, he chose the Bre-X mining scandal drama 'Gold' because it's hands down his favourite sort of film to go and watch at a movie theatre.

Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey stars in 'Gold'

'I read this over three years ago and it was one of the few scripts, luckily, that I read that automatically I said, 'I have to do this, I have to be this guy, Kenny Wells'', he said. 'I love the movie, it's the kind of movie that I wanna go see. It's the type of thriller, it's the type of drama, it's got the right type of character that I wanna go see. If I've got a choice of 20 pictures, this is the one that I'm gonna go see. My favourite kind of movies to watch.'

The film follows a mining magnate named Kenny Wells (based on Bre-X CEO David Walsh) who sets out to uncover a huge mass of gold deep in a Borneo jungle with a geologist named Michael Acosta (Édgar Ramírez). Unfortunately, everything goes sideways when it becomes clear to everyone that the whole thing's a fake.

Watch the trailer for 'Gold' here:


It's certainly not Matthew McConaughey's first biographical movie. In the last five years alone he has played Confederacy resistor Newton Knight ('Free State of Jones'), Republican senator Mark Hanna ('The Wolf of Wall Street') and HIV activist Ron Woodruff ('Dallas Buyers Club').

Matthew McConaughey has finished work on Nikolaj Arcel's adaptation of Stephen King's magnum opus 'The Dark Tower' in which he plays the Man in Black opposite Idris Elba's The Gunslinger. He is also workong on a movie directed by BAFTA nominated Yann Demange; another biopic entitled 'White Boy Rick' about undercover informant turned drug trafficker Richard Wershe Jr..

'Gold' is in theatres now.