McConaughey Replaces Wilson In "Tropic"

Ben Stiller won't take buddy Owen Wilson's movie snub personally.
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Matthew McConaughey is taking Owen Wilson's role in the comedy movie "Tropic Thunder."

Wilson, 38, dropped out of the DreamWorks movie after an apparent suicide attempt in August.

The Ben Stiller-directed "Tropic Thunder," which is filming in Hawaii, stars Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, Bill Hader and Steve Coogan.

McConaughey has an uncredited cameo in the movie, his publicist Nicole Perez said Wednesday.

The movie is about a group of actors who gather on a remote island to shoot a big-budget war movie and are forced to become the soldiers they are playing.

Wilson publicist Ina Treciokas didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking information on Wilson's recovery.

Wilson was taken by ambulance to a hospital after police responded to a call about a suicide attempt at his Santa Monica home. The day after he was hospitalized, he issued a statement asking for privacy so he could "receive care and heal."