Matthew McConaughey defends friend Lance Armstrong

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MATTHEW McConaughey has defended Lance Armstrong.

While the 43-year-old 'Mud' actor was surprised when the cyclist was found to have been engaged in a huge doping scandal and stripped of all the titles he won from 1999 to 2005, Matthew insists his friend isn't a liar.

He told Details magazine: "He told a lie, he's not a liar. When [the news] came out, I took it personally, but then I saw it ain't personal to him.

"I was going, 'That son of a bitch!' But then I thought, 'Well, what was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, 'Hey, I did this?'

"But I'm happy for him now, because despite all this outside conflict, he doesn't have this inner conflict anymore."

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Matthew also revealed having children, Levi, four, Vida, three, and two-month-old Livingston, with his model spouse, Camila Alves, has made him choosier about the movie roles he takes on.

He said: "I remember feeling not sure about what I wanted to do and feeling - I'm not sure despondent is the right word, but a feeling like things are plateauing.

"I wanted more evolution. I want to feel ascension in the grade. Because I was feeling a lot of ascension in my personal life, qualitative evolution.

"I wanted to close the gap between who I am and the life I'm living and my work life. So I think I got really selfish. You start a family and you get selfish."

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