McConaughey Gets It: Rom-Com Star Supports Veterans

by Christian Toto

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Matthew McConaughey won’t be in the mix for any Oscar nominations this year, and probably not in 2010 or 2011, for that matter. But the routinely shirtless actor has one up on some of his A-list peers.

At a time when many celebrities risk alienating their fan base by voicing political views, McConaughey is opting to speak out on behalf of our men and women in uniform.The “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” star will appear in a new public service announcement that encourages giving back to veterans, politics be darned.

“It’s our duty to serve veterans and military families who serve their country in the most difficult ways imaginable,” McConaughey says in the spot, set to benefit the Major League Baseball-launched and supported Welcome Back Veterans.

Good for McConaughey. It’s hard to imagine who could disagree with a group helping veterans, and no one who sees the spots will come away with a negative impression of the actor.

So the next time audiences see a McConaughey movie, they won’t bring any negative baggage with them. Except, of course, for memories of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “We Are Marshall” and “Failure to Launch.”