Was Anne Hathaway really upset over Matthew McConaughey's body odor as they filmed their new movie? The actor infamously doesn't wear deodorant, which was supposedly a problem on the set of Serenity. Gossip Cop looked into this rumor, and we can now reveal what we know.
"Anne: On B.O. Patrol," reads a headline in the latest edition of OK!. According to the tabloid, when Hathaway and McConaughey shot "sexy scenes" for their upcoming thriller, she "insisted on protection" from his "manly odor." A so-called "insider" is quoted as saying, "She basically said, 'Matthew, I love you, but you stink.'"
Continues the magazine's alleged tipster, "She convinced him to wash up before they filmed." The specious source also claims McConaughey had the crew "burn incense on set," in order to cover up his supposedly unpleasant scent. But filming for Serenity took place nearly a year ago. If there was such an issue during the production, why is it only emerging now? That's not the only reason to be suspicious of this tale.
Nowhere in the article does the publication mention that Hathaway and McConaughey previously worked together without incident on 2014's Interstellar. In fact, at one of the premieres for that project, Hathaway discussed how "honored" she was to share scenes with him. Around the same time, Hathaway told an amusing story about hanging out with McConaughey at his house as he was honored by American Cinematheque. She made no mention, however, of being bothered by his smell. On the contrary, she recalled their first on-set meeting, saying, "You seem so cool and you seem so sincere and I walk away and I think, 'Wow, that guy's just amazing.'"
But if McConaughey's odor was so problematic, why would Hathaway have signed up to work with him again? Here's what appears to be really going on: When People named McConaughey its "Sexiest Man Alive" back in 2005, he confessed to the outlet, "I haven't worn deodorant in 20 years." Then in 2008, McConaughey shared in a Playboy interview how Kate Hudson once begged him to wear deodorant while filming. He explained, however, that he takes multiple showers a day to make sure he's always fresh.
Tellingly, OK! mentions part of that anecdote in its article, but leaves out the part about McConaughey's regular showers. So it seems that because he has a known history of not wearing deodorant and because the trailer for Serenity was just released two weeks ago, the tabloid saw fit to manufacture a narrative about Hathaway struggling with McConaughey's B.O. on set and demanding he "wash up." That's despite filming taking place nearly a year ago, despite McConaughey saying a decade ago that he showers multiple times a day, and despite Hathaway having no problem working with him before.
To say this tale reeks of dishonesty would be a bit of an understatement. Gossip Cop also spoke with Hathaway's rep, who maintains the story is "completely made up." It should be noted this same magazine falsely accused Hathaway of causing problems with the production of Barbie.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.