Matthew McConaughey Isn't Running For Texas Governor Next Year, But It Sounds Like He's Keeping His Options Open For Future Elections

    The actor announced his decision not to enter next year's race for governor two weeks ago.

    The deadline to enter Texas's upcoming gubernatorial race passed on Monday. And, to the disappointment of some voters who at one time apparently favored him over Democrat Beto O'Rourke, Matthew McConaughey did not file for candidacy.

    Matthew acknowledges the crowd during a late-night TV interview

    Many of us outside the Lone Star state were probably unaware that suggestions that Matthew might campaign for governor next year held any real weight. But the actor did technically say he was considering a run this past spring — despite having participated in just two elections over the better part of the last decade — and later proceeded to turn out respectable numbers in early polls.

    Anyway, Matthew isn't venturing into politics anytime soon.

    Matthew smiling as he talks to someone

    Two weeks after announcing that a campaign wasn't going to happen for him this election cycle, the Oscar winner shared more about his decision and potential civic future during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon yesterday.

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    "It was a two-year consideration that I came to the decision, really, over the last couple of months," he explained.

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    "I was asking myself the original question and trying to answer, 'How and where and what can I do to be most useful to myself, to my family, and to the most amount of people?'"

    Matthew being interviewed by Jimmy Fallon

    Matthew, who shares Levi, Vida, and Livingston Alves McConaughey with his wife, Camila Alves, noted that focusing on their children and his Hollywood career remain top priorities at the moment.

    Matthew posing with his family for photos at an event

    "I've got a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old, and an 8-year-old," he continued. "The life I'm living right now, the storytelling I want to keep doing, [politics is] not the category for me at this point in my life."

    Matthew posing with his wife at the premiere of Sing 2

    It sounds like Matthew's prospective foray into political leadership isn't entirely off the table, though. When Jimmy Fallon asked if he's "ruled out" the possibility, he responded vaguely, saying, "I'm not until I am."

    He also said he's "keeping an eye open" for other political opportunities going forward. What exactly he meant by that remains to be seen, but you can check out Matthew's full appearance on The Tonight Show here, or in the clip above.