Matthew McConaughey Dubbed GQ's 2013 Leading Man of the Year

Posted Thursday November 14, 2013 2:50 PM GMT

He's had quite a successful year with his critically acclaimed flicks, so it's not surprise that GQ selected Matthew McConaughey to front its 2013 Men of the Year issue.

While rocking a few poses for the Sebastian Kim-shot spread, the "Failure to Launch" star chatted about how people perceive him and shared a story about showing his bravery to an entire African village.

Check out a few highlights from Mr. McConaughey's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit GQ!

On how other view him:
"[I had] no frequency of my conception [until recently] Now I get it. Outdoors, shirtless on the beach, does a lot of rom-coms, girlfriend loves him, good-looking. It's like I roll out of bed and show up and make it look easy."

On his adventure to Africa:
"So there I was in this little village on the Niger River. Word had gotten out that there was a strong white man, a boxer. So I'm lying there outside, stretchin', when I hear these young men voices, and it sounded like they were talking s**t. They saying they are champion of the village wrestlers, and they want to wrestle Strong White Man. And all of a sudden, the volume of the crowd comes up, like, two decibels. And I look up, and there's a huge guy wearing, like, a burlap sake. He looks at me, and he points to his chest. Then he points at me. Then he points over there to a sand pit. And my heart is going babababababababababa. But my brain is going, 'You have to, dude..' So I go and get in the sandpit. I'm barefoot, no shirt; he's barefoot, no shirt. I don't know the rules, but I am about to find out."

On handling criticism:
"I'm a fan of the word of the word 'selfish.' Self. Ish. When I say I gotten a lot more self-ish, I mean I am less concerned with what people think of me. I'm not worried about how I'm perceived. 'Selfish' has always gotten a bad rap. You 'should' do for you. I wanted new experiences."

Photo Credit: Sebastian Kim for GQ