Newswire: All that booing at Cannes has scared away Matthew McConaughey’s smile

Matthew McConaughey’s famous smile, essentially its own sentient creature after years of unending charismatic beaming, has been notably skittish at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. That’s probably thanks to the reception the actor’s latest film project, the Gus Van Sant-directed Sea Of Trees, received at a press screening Friday night. The boos that greeted Van Sant’s film (which was described by The A.V. Club’s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky as “fundamentally wrongheaded”) sent the smile skittering away from the light, back into the dense nest of beard that it’s built on the lower half of the actor’s face.

It remained there during the next days’ press appearances, where it was joined by co-star Naomi Watts’ grim pout and Van Sant’s desperate grimace. When reporters questioned the actor about the movie’s reception, the smile ceded its control of McConaughey’s mouth to his …

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