Matthew McConaughey recalls that time he was arrested after nude bongo playing

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Bongos… McConaughey on his famous arrest – Credit: Reuters

Many actors have criminal records, but Matthew McConaughey wins the award for having easily the best one.

He was arrested 17 years ago, back in the heady days of October, 1999, the police finding him nude and playing the bongos at his home in Austin, Texas.

A neighbour had complained about the noise coming from his apartment on Meadowbrook Drive, with the police attending the scene at 3am.

There they found McConaughey, pre-McConaissance, of course, ‘dancing naked’, and arrested him, the charges relating to the possession of marijuana and its necessary paraphernalia and resisting transportation.

“I don’t want to rent a place there, but it was a nice stay for a night,” McConaughey said at the time.

He’s now discussed the matter in an interview with Playboy.

“What’s wrong with beating on your drums in your birthday suit?” the 47-year-old star said.

(Credit: Yahoo File)

“I have no regrets about the way I got there. But what’s the lesson? Shut the window that has the beautiful scent of jasmine blowing in because it’s two in the morning and you might wake a neighbour.”

He continued: “I saw the cop’s eyes get big when he identified me, and it became, ‘Oh, look what we’ve got here’.”

By this stage McConaughey had several high profile films under his belt, including ‘Amistad’, ‘A Time To Kill’ and, appropriately, his breakthrough, ‘Dazed and Confused’.

“My first call was to my mother [Kay]. I was feeling guilty because I was not raised to be in jail.”

He posted bail after his nine-hour overnight stay in the clink, with the charges later being dropped. He paid a $50 fine for disturbing the peace.

Worth every penny for the story, one would presume.

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