If Matthew McConaughey's career appears to be enjoying a renaissance, one of the reasons is because, as he has revealed, he has been listening to his critics and reading what they have to say.

The actor, currently being celebrated for his very different turns in 'Mud' and 'Bernie', spent a few years in a rom-com wilderness, earning monikers like 'Matthew Mahogany' for his perma-tanned, ever-grinning romantic screen persona.

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Matthew McConaughey is currently being feted for his performance in 'Mud'

But, as he revealed to AP recently, he sat down and read what people had to say about him...

"A few years ago, I did a really interesting kind of experiment," McConaughey said, according to Redding.com.

"My assistants gathered every negative review I've ever had and it was a good, thick pile. I sat down and said, 'We're gonna read every one of these.' There was some really good constructive criticism. I'm like, 'That's what I would've said about that performance. You're right.'"

The actor has enjoyed the benefits of his research, winning his first acting awards for 'Magic Mike' (Best Supporting Actor, Independent Spirit Awards, Film Critics Circle Awards) in 2012, and following this up with success for his role of DA Dan Buck in the well-received 'Bernie', where he shines - read review here.

And these were before we saw his hard work in 'Killer Joe' - which director William Friedkin told HuffPostUK had "changed Matthew's career", and the yet-to-be-seen 'Dallas Buyers Club', for which he shed 30 pounds to play a HIV patient.


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  • Former 'Loose Women' star Denise Welch lost over two stone after becoming the face of LigherLife and taking up a new fitness regime in 2013.

  • The Steps singer managed to shed the weight she gained after the band split, but then she fell pregnant and battled to lose it since.

  • Gastric-band-gate swept the nation when it was revealed Fern hadn't exactly told the truth about her weight loss.

  • Dawn French was always been known for being a bit on the larger side, and that's why we loved her. Well, there's less of her to love now as since her split with Lenny she's shed a fair few pounds.

  • That picture on the left actually scares us. It's like she wants us to motorboat in that cleavage. Bleugh.

  • Bristolian comic Justin Lee Collins has gone from rock-sized to rock star after dieting.

  • Former Emmerdale actress Pauline Quirke lost several stone after being told she was morbidly obese.

  • It was revealed that Geri's dramatic weight loss was due to an eating disorder. Luckily she's settled back to a healthy weight now.

  • He's the man of the moment on The X Factor, but after the original Take That split Barlow ballooned.

  • James Corden's role in <em>One Man Two Guv'nors</em> helped him to shift over five stone.

  • TOWIE's Gemma shed four stone on a bid to win Mick Norcross. She gave up the bags of crisps but didn't manage to bag the bloke. Good job she's got Arg now then.

  • Pete's frame isn't the only thing shocking here. WTF is with that hair? Anyway, Pete shed the pounds when he split with Jordan. We didn't hear anything about that?

  • Eh up, don our Kerreh look slim. Must 'av been on t'Weight Watchers.

  • Jack Osbourne has struggled a lot with his size and is still yo-yoing with his weight now.

  • Gerard Butler has never exactly been a porker, but he's swapped his stocky frame for a much leaner one.

  • Jessie Wallace looked unrecognisable after slimming down, but since returning to Easties, Jessie has regained Kat's curvier figure.

  • <em>Superbad</em> actor Jonah Hill made jaws drop across the world when he unveiled his new look at an awards bash. He's hoping to lose more too.

  • The once teeny weeny, leather-chaps wearing Christina Aguilera got tongues a-wagging when she ditched her slight frame.