Matthew McConaughey Responds To Being Booed

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Everything, it seems, is not alright, alright, alright.

Cannes audiences are notorious for making their displeasure known if a film doesn't sit well with them. Unfortunately for Matthew McConaughey, this meant his latest film, The Sea of Trees, was loudly booed when it was screened on Friday. Film critics have also taken to Twitter to bash the film, with Variety's Scott Foundas branding it "one for nobody." 

Directed by Gus Van Sant, the film stars McConaughey as a man who seeks out Japan's notorious "suicide forest" to end his life after his wife (Naomi Watts) dies. 

The Oscar-winning actor, however, seemed nonplussed when asked about the audience's negative reaction.

"Anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate," McConaughey said during a press conference on Saturday, Variety reports

He also defended his work on the film.

"I liked the experience of making it and I’m glad we got the opportunity to introduce it to the world,” he shared. “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. I look at this as sort of [eating] dessert. No matter what, we’ve declared now: here it is! Thanks for having us, hope you enjoy it.”  

Or not. To be fair, the film's official screening on Saturday received a warmer response, including a brief standing ovation. Maybe by Monday it'll get a cheer or two?
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