McConaughey and Wilson
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09/19/2007 AT 03:30 PM EDT
will replace Owen Wilson
in the film comedy Tropic Thunder
Wilson, 38, dropped out
of the Ben Stiller-directed movie after he was hospitalized for what police called a suicide attempt
The role being taken by McConaughey, 37, is essentially a cameo in an ensemble cast that includes Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Nick Nolte. The movie is a comedy about a group of actors shooting a war movie on a deserted island that comes under real attack.
Wilson has returned home
from the hospital. He canceled appearances
at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month but is "doing well" and "making us laugh a lot," says his longtime friend, director Wes Anderson.
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