Matthew McConaughey is reportedly further exploring a potential pivot to politics in Texas.
The 51-year-old actor has been publicly toying with the idea of throwing his hat into the upcoming race for governor in Texas against the incumbent candidate, Gov. Greg Abbott. While it has been all talk so far, a new report indicates that the “Dazed and Confused” star is taking the temperature of prominent figures in the state to assess the viability of his candidacy.
Politico reports that the Academy Award-winning star has been quietly making calls to influential people in the state’s political and business circles to see if he would have enough legitimate backing to unseat Abbott if he were to run a race for governor.
The outlet reports that McConaughey has been in talks with “a deep-pocketed moderate Republican and energy CEO” so far. Representatives for the actor did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
However, before people start getting too excited about a “McConaughey for governor” campaign, the outlet notes that most political strategists in the state doubt the star would sacrifice his status as a Hollywood icon in favor of getting into politics. Furthermore, even if he did, his support might not be enough to carry him to a win against the incumbent.