During an interview for The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, host Andrew Marr asked McConaughey if he thought it was time for Hollywood and the “cultural elite” of America to cut President Donald Trump some slack.
“Well, they don’t have a choice now,” McConaughey said. “He’s our president, and it’s very dynamic.”
McConaughey went on to say that despite the timing of Trump’s “divisive” inauguration, Hollywood should embrace reality and be constructive with the presidency: “Even those who most strongly may disagree with his principles, or things he’s said and done—which is another thing, we’ll see what he does compared to what he had said—no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be, because he’s our president for the next four years at least. President of the United States.”
People is quick to point out that it’s unclear when McConaughey’s rallying call to action was filmed—though The Andrew Marr Show tweeted McConaughey’s interview on Jan. 29, the second full day of Trump’s Muslim travel ban. The interview could have been filmed days or weeks beforehand.
McConaughey’s wife Camila Alves is an immigrant herself, having moved from Brazil to the U.S. when she was 15 and become a citizen in 2015.
Watch the full interview below, or skip to McConaughey’s Trump comments at the 2:54 mark.
— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) January 29, 2017