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Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey says some celebrities hide faith for career progression

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Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey has spoken about peer reaction in Hollywood to Christianity.

The 50-year-old actor answered questions about his faith on The Joe Rogan Experience while promoting the release of his memoir, Greenlights.

He was asked by Rogan if he had experienced any level of discrimination within show-business for being a vocal Christian in an overtly liberal industry, as reported by Fox News. 

He replied that he hadn't "had any difficulties" but added that many of his celebrity friends have publicly pulled back on "the idea of placing their faith in a higher power."

"I have had moments where I was on stage receiving an award in front of my peers in Hollywood and there were people in the crowd that I have prayed with before dinners, many times," McConaughey added.

"And when I thank God, I saw some of those people go to clap, but then notice that, 'This could be a bad thing on my resume,' and then sit back on their hands.

McConaughey told Rogan he doesn't "judge them for it."

The Dallas Buyers Club actor also discussed cancel culture.

"We're making people persona non grata because of something they do that is right now deemed wrong or it's the hot point in a hot topic right now," McConaughey said. 

"You can't erase someone's entire existence. Where the heck does some forgiveness go?"

McConaughey thanked God in his 2014 acceptance speech when he won best actor for Dallas Buyers Club.

He said God has "graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand."

"He has shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates," the actor added. 

"In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, who said, 'When you got God you got a friend and that friend is you.'"

"The two are not exclusive. They dance together; they go together, belief and science. I never saw those as contradictions," he said.

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