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Free to Rome
McConaughey's a big star here -- but he's a big nobody in Italy
By LOUIS B. HOBSON -- Calgary Sun
HOLLYWOOD -- Matthew McConaughey loves Italy.
"It's one of the first places I've been in the last couple of years where nobody knows or cares who I am," explains the lanky Texan, who's in Rome filming the Second World War submarine movie U-571. His co-stars include Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel and rocker Jon Bon Jovi. "All the Italian paparazzi are running after Harvey and Bon Jovi. It's so refreshing to be left alone."
McConaughey inherited U-571 from Michael Douglas, who was attached to the project for almost a year.
"I think Michael realized he was a bit too old for the character. Heck, at 29, I'm a bit too old to be playing the captain of a Second World War sub."
McConaughey promises that U-571 won't be "one of those kick-ass summer action movies. It's going to be much more like a Das Boot." McConaughey is still developing a film on the life of daredevil Evel Knievel. "I'm determined to do the safer stunts, but I'll leave all his fantastic stuff up to professional stuntmen."
Next up for McConaughey is EDTV, which opens March 26.