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Matthew McConaughey And Hugh Grant Set Their Parents Up On A Date

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By Clark Sparky

Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant, who co-star in the new Guy Richie film The Gentlemen, seemed to play matchmaker recently by setting up their own parents with each other. The two stars talked to Entertainment Tonight about how McConaughey's mom and Grant's dad ended up going out on a date.

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"His father's 91, my mother's 88," McConaughey told Entertainment Tonight. "Yeah, why not? Next week, they're supposed to meet, and we probably won't see them for the rest of the night."

Grant chimed in, saying, "We did set them up and it was red hot. Brilliant."

In a previous interview with Mashable, they had joked about getting their parents to go out together.

"Would your 87-year-old mom like a nice 91-year-old Englishman?" Grant asked his co-star. "Oh, she's still married?"

"No, no," McConaughey said. "Pop moved on in '92. And then her second man of 19 years just moved on two years ago, so she's single and vital."

"We should take this up!" Grant said.

"Here we go," McConaughey replied. "Another way of working together, Hugh."


McConaughey opened up more about his mother in an interview on The Graham Norton Show.

"She says it’s because she wants to see me, but I always say, 'If I was an accountant in Chicago would you want to see me as often!'" he said. "She just wants to get into the movies and she is persistent. She is 86 and her pitch is always to re-make The Graduate, with her as the Anne Bancroft character and me as Dustin Hoffman’s character. She thinks it would work and is no big deal. There’s Freudian stuff in there!'

The official site for The Gentlemen has more info about the film, which is set to hit theaters on January 24:

From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes THE GENTLEMEN, a star-studded sophisticated action comedy. THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant).

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