Matthew McConaughey told gay glossy The Advocate that he once consoled a crying gay guy whose advances he had rejected by telling him, “Whatever raises your skirt.”

The 42-year-old McConaughey plays former stripper and current club owner Dallas in the upcoming feature film Magic Mike, which opens nationwide June 29.

McConaughey said he appreciates his gay fanbase.

“You know, I have some good friends of my own who happen to be gay, and when it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I'm for anything life-affirming. I'm for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who's different.”

While attending the University of Texas at Austin, McConaughey said he befriended a gay guy from India who misunderstood his intentions.

One night, after he'd had a few drinks, he made a half-pass at me,” McConaughey said. “I went like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa,' and he freaked out. I think he thought I was going to be violent or something. I stopped him and said, 'Hang on. I'm not gay, but I like you as a friend. I'm sorry if you misread my friendship, but I sill want to be your friend.' He was crying, and I remember giving him a hug and saying, 'Dude, it's fine. Whatever raises your skirt, man.' He asked me not to tell anybody, and I said, 'You got it.' I didn't tell anybody, and we remain friends.”