Video: Matthew McConaughey on Richard Wershe: He's 'Amazingly Genuine'

May 23, 2018, 3:10 PM by  Allan Lengel

Matthew McConaughey talks about Wershe with Jimmy Kimmel.

Matthew McConaughey, who plays the father of convicted drug trafficker Richard Wershe Jr. in the upcoming movie "White Boy Rick," describes Wershe "was amazingly genuine."

On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" this week, the actor says he met Wershe when he was still behind bars in Michigan and they spoke for "quite a few hours." 

Unlike other prisoners he has met, Wershe didn't deny being guilty. He did say Wershe thought the media made him out to be a much bigger drug trafficker than he actually was.

The convict was paroled last year in Michigan after nearly 30 years behind bars and sent to Florida to serve out a sentence for being part of a stolen car ring. His current release date is 2021.

The film, co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, is scheduled for release Sept. 21.

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