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The Caloric Bromance of Matthew McConaughey and Guy Fieri

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By Drew Moyer

Keeping it real with anyone in entertainment for over 15 years is an accomplishment; the friendship between Matthew McConaughey and Guy Fieri beats the test of time. The bromance between the two is still tight enough for McConaughey to stand by the side of Fieri as he received his star on the Hollywood walk of fame last year. The friendship between the two started at a time when McConaughey was constantly traveling, eating on the road, and exploring different corners of the country.

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McConaughey recalls the beginning of it all, ““Fifteen or so years ago I was living in an Airstream, traveling across America … I lived on the road and I came across this show ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives,’ and it quickly became my favorite show.” The actor worked to get Fieri’s number and called him, “‘Listen, hey man, it’s Matthew McConaughey.” Ever since that phone call, McConaughey recalls his memories with Fieri over the years a “high-calorie heaven” and was happy to let go of eating Subway sandwich everyday.

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The timeframe puts McConaughey at one of the many peeks of his career. In 2005, the actor was featured with Steve Zahn and Penelope Cruz in Sahara. McConaughey takes his active lifestyle seriously. To promote the film, he sailed the length of the Amazon River and hiked through Mali. 2005 also happens to be the year that McConaughey was voted by People magazine as the “Sexiest Man Alive.” Filming for the romantic comedy Failure to Launch started production in Annapolis, Maryland where the actor starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Guy Fieri’s mid-200’s flashback lands him winning the second season of The Next Food Network Star and launching his own series Guy’s Big Bite. McConaughey’s personal favorite Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives launched later in 2007, which features Guy Fieri traveling across the country visiting all sorts of local eateries. Fieri’s face became most recognizable across the United States after he became the official spokesperson for T.G.I. Friday’s. McConaughey never officially advertised Fieri but his career coincidentally launched into the mainstream after the two became good friends.

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McConaughey had a great start to 2020 with the release of “The Gentleman” about an American who becomes rich by building a marijuana empire in London. The film is full of crime, action, bribery, and blackmail earning the film an above-average score of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. Guy Fieri hosts the Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions” and describes the competitors as “super chefs.” Fieri enjoys, “Watching my brothers and sisters go through hell.” The judges are promoted to taste 16 dishes and form a bracket style tournament.

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