Matthew McConaughey Reacts to ‘Sea of Trees’ Being Booed at Cannes

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Cannes: Matthew McConaughey Responds to ‘Sea of Trees’ Boos.

THE Sea of Trees, starring Naomi Watts and Matthew McConaughey, is the first film to receive boos from the audience at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. CANNES– A day after premiering to a chorus of boos and laughter at its press screening, “Sea of Trees” earned a short and sweet standing ovation during his official premiere on Saturday evening in Cannes. When the suicide drama was announced by director Gus Van Sant and star Matthew McConaughey at last year’s Cannes Festival, it was met with much excitement. The assembled journalists tip-toed carefully around the subject, sometimes avoiding it entirely and occasionally offering the mild suggestion that perhaps the film wasn’t among Gus Van Sant’s finest, but without ever going in for the kill.

McConaughey, who plays an American who travels to Japan’s “suicide forest” after the death of his wife, did say earlier today during the presser that he “Anyone has any right to either boo or ovate,” but he and co-star Naomi Watts looked tense, especially McConaughey who is usually rather upbeat if not rowdy, when stepping onto the Palais’ red carpet. McConaughey’s career has been flying high since he bagged an Academy Award last year for Dallas Buyers Club and critical adulation for his role in the gritty television series True Detective. As if expecting the issue to arise, the director, plus stars Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts, appeared somewhat subdued, McConaughey even putting up a rather defensive, unsmiling front to otherwise respectful questions. The actor, who sported a long beard and a shiny bordeaux suit, was nevertheless welcomed by hordes of fans and spent time signing autographs before taking a few poses with Watts and Van Sant, who was initially wearing sunglasses. In the film, Arthur performs a Google search looking for “the perfect place to die” and ends up wandering through a dense forest near the foothills of Mount Fuji that attracts dozens of depressed people each year.

Once there though he encounters an injured local trying to find his way out of the forest and in helping this stranger he finds the will to live. “There were many times during the making of this where I thought, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing,’ ” he said. “That frustrated me for a long time.” Though he also added, “I like the film,” he said. “I’m happy to be here, happy to be invited. It was a great experience for me,” he said at the film’s presser, which was not so packed. “I liked the experience of making it, and I’m glad we got the opportunity to introduce it to the world,” he added. “I’m working in the United States, but it’s exciting for me to come here and support work that got I to do with these people.” “This is fun. Through conversations and flashbacks, the film shows Arthur’s downward spiral back in Massachusetts with an alcoholic wife (Watts) and a stalling academic career.

Happy that the film got in.” Of course, it isn’t rare for films to get booed at Cannes – Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver and Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette were all famously met with jeers during their initial screenings at the festival. Plot twists that most viewers saw coming and a sentimental ending accompanied by swelling string music seemed to nix Van Sant’s shot at claiming a second Palme d’Or after his 2003 triumph with Elephant. But Van Sant was pressed to answer, although his response was a little more rambling. “I read a review this morning, and it was one of those reviews, it was very definitive, I was imagining everyone was the same person as the one writing the review, and I thought now I know where we stand,” he said. “I remember there was always a story after Elephant screened, there were fisticuffs, fighting over whether it was good or bad, actually punching.

Thanks for having us, hope you enjoy it.” Asked about the different challenges he faced in “Sea” and in “Interstellar” as an actor, McConaughey said: “‘Interstellar” was an exploration ‘out there.’ This was an exploration ‘in here,’” and pointed to his chest. “In “Interstellar” there was a goal, to get there and get back home. McConaughey, sporting a bushy beard in Cannes, later brushed off reporters’ questions about the devastating critical reception. “Anyone has as much right to boo as to they do to ovate,” he drawled. “I love logic, I love science. Who knows, day by day, whether the screening was today or yesterday, whether it makes a difference, I’m not sure at the end of a particularly screening, I don’t know.” With this guy I kept saying to myself: ‘I don’t know what I’m doing,’ and then I realized: ‘That’s perfect for Arthur.’” “I just had to get my hands on the script.

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