Matthew McConaughey Talks Killer Joe's NC-17 Rating

Matthew McConaughey chats with Access Hollywood on Jun 19, 2012 Matthew McConaughey chats with Access Hollywood on Jun 19, 2012

Matthew McConaughey will soon be seen on the big screen in one of the darkest roles of his career, playing Killer Joe Cooper in the NC-17 film, “Killer Joe.”

Although the NC-17 ruling may seem harsh, the 42-year-old star said the rare rating is deserved.

“I don’t know if I agree with why they gave it a NC-17 ruling, but for the reasons they say they gave it a NC-17 rating — we’re NC-17 with a capital ‘N’, a capital ‘C’ and a big ‘1’ and ‘7’,” Matthew told Access Hollywood in a new interview on Wednesday.

“Killer Joe” is definitely loaded with sex and violence, but Matthew said it’s also funny — filled with blasphemous humor.

“When I first read the script, I didn’t like it! I thought I got it and what I thought I got, I was disgusted by,” he told Access. “I remember I said, ‘I want to take a hot shower with a steel brush.’ So I said, ‘Alright, give me a few days and let me shake this first experience of this first read and go back and read it.’

“I did, and I found myself chuckling at a few things at first, then I found myself laughing hard, then I found myself having belly laughs,” he added.

While Matthew is playing a contract killer in the crime thriller, off screen, the actor is a bona fide family man, having just married the mother of his two (and soon-to-be three!) children, Camila Alves.

“Life is really good right now,” he said. “I’m happily married, I’m happy we have another healthy child, so far, in Camila’s belly.”

“Killer Joe” – which also stars Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon — hits select theaters on July 27.

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