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McConaughey joined by kids on shoot

Matthew McConaughey has revealed one of the best things about the Interstellar shoot was not having to be separated from his family.

The Magic Mike actor was able to take his wife Camila Alves and their three young children along while he made part of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic.

"I was fortunate I had my family with me in Calgary [where his character Cooper's homestead scenes were shot]," he explained.

"I remember the greatest way for me to go to set each day was saying bye to my kids and at the end of the day coming back to them and having that immediacy.

"Not a phone call. Not 'I'll see you in a few weeks'."

The film is set in the near future, when an agricultural crisis has ravaged the world and a team of explorers are tasked with a mission to journey into the universe to find a new home for humankind.

Matthew plays Cooper, a farmer who becomes a space explorer, in what is his first big part since his Oscar-winning turn as an Aids victim in Dallas Buyers Club.

"Dallas was a very small, independent film that we shot very quickly - it was very earth-bound. This was much larger," said the 45-year-old.

"The shoot went on for five months, but when you're acting in a Chris Nolan film, it feels just as intimate, raw and natural as an independent film."

:: Interstellar is in cinemas now.

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