Matthew McConaughey’s Trump opinion: What people are saying

Austin actor Matthew McConaughey made waves this week after video was released of a BBC One interview he did over the weekend. The video has since been deleted, but in the segment, interviewer Andrew Marr asked the “Gold” star whether it’s time “Hollywood and the cultural elite of America” gave Trump a break.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend a party at the Highball before the Austin premiere of McConaughey's movie "Gold" on Jan. 12, 2017. Contributed by Rick Kern
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend a party at the Highball before the Austin premiere of McConaughey’s movie “Gold” on Jan. 12, 2017. Contributed by Rick Kern

McConaughey’s answer? “He’s our president. It’s very dynamic and divisive of an inauguration in time that we’ve ever had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace.”

The actor known for his “just keep livin'” ethos went on to say, “Shake hands with this fact, and be constructive with him over the next four years. So even those that most strongly disagree with his principals or things he’s said or done, which is another thing, we’ll see what he does compared to what he had said. No matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be. Because he’s our president for the next four years, at least. President of the United States.”

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Fan reaction on social media to the statement was mixed. Some argued that McConaughey was “as dense as the characters who made him famous,” while many social media users remarked that they were glad a celebrity wasn’t advocating for a complete overthrow of the government (like Madonna and Sarah Silverman have done in recent weeks).

And yes, everyone made the same “This is not alright, alright, alright” joke, but one Redditor went for this (now obvious in hindsight) joke instead: “He’s alt-right, alt-right, alt-right…”

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Professor Matthew McConaughey talks about teaching at UT on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

Matthew McConaughey, the patron saint of Longhorn fans everywhere, just finished up teaching his first semester at the University of Texas. Despite Texas’ less-than-great football season this year, he’s still spreading the Longhorn love.

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On “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Thursday night, Meyers asked the actor about the class, and McConaughey responded, “It’s the class I wish I would’ve had when I was in film school.”

The university announced in August that the actor, who graduated from UT in 1993 with a radio-television-film degree, signed on to teach a course titled Advanced Producing: Script-to-Screen in the Moody College of Communication. He taught the course mostly through recorded videos, but he made an appearance or two in class for some face time with his students (and he did it all totally pro bono, too).

“Late Night” shared a clip on Twitter from the interview with McConaughey, who plays a koala in the upcoming animated movie “Sing,” on Friday morning, asking, “What would you do if Matthew McConaughey was your college professor at @UTAustin?”

The university responded accordingly, writing, “We’d at least be sure to raise our hand before asking a question.”

Savage, @UTAustin.

See the full interview Meyers did with McConaughey on YouTube.

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Matthew McConaughey talks UT, ‘Dazed and Confused’ and post-Oscar roles in Esquire cover story

Local hero Matthew McConaughey is gracing the cover of Esquire this month, and he didn’t hold anything back in a lengthy interview with the mag for his cover story.

The story takes a while to read, but for the McConnoisseur, it’s worth the time, despite some cringe-worthy writing (the writer calls McConaughey “the only cat wearing flip-flops with a kerchief wrapped around his head” in a Los Angeles nightclub at one point, and the whole meandering story is pretty hard to follow).

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The writer and McConaughey sit in a dive bar in Hollywood, slinging back beer and tequila and talking about the Texas legend’s lows and highs throughout his extensive career. He was recently named spokesperson for Wild Turkey bourbon after the questionable choice to make some really bizarre Lincoln car commercials (when asked what he was thinking, he said “I like em…and they pay well.” Fair enough), and his latest role is the lead in “Gold,” a film loosely based on a 1990s mining scandal.

But McConaughey wasn’t always the chill, “just keep livin'” bro we Austinites know and love.

He didn’t always want to be an actor. But when he finally joined the film school at the University of Texas (where he’s now teaching a class!), one of his first acting gigs was one we hold pretty close to our hearts.

 He landed a couple commercials, one for the Austin American-Statesman. It didn’t hurt that he had the looks. In high school, he was voted “Most Handsome.” Being the die-hard UT football fan that he is, he loved his line for the newspaper ad: “How else am I gonna keep up with my Horns?”

How else, indeed. Not long after, he landed his famed role in “Dazed and Confused” in the most McConaughey way possible.

So he’s at an Austin hotel bar in 1992. He gets to talking to a guy named Don Phillips. Turns out Don is a casting director. McConaughey tells him he’s in film school and wants to direct, but mostly they talk about life and golf. After the two of them get pretty good and shitfaced on vodkas, they get thrown out—a decision McConaughey protests, telling the manager, “I thought this was a bar!” Don is impressed; he tells the kid that he’s in town casting for a movie and McConaughey might be right for a part.

That role was Wooderson. After that, the movie offers came so quickly he could barely keep up…until he got “wobbly for a while” and was famously arrested, allegedly high as a kite and playing the bongos naked in the wee hours of the morning, and he was being typecast as that “wobbly” character in romantic comedies. He ran the rom-com circuit for a while, then after the unquestionable flop of “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” he made a “conscious decision to unbrand.”

He talked about the two years he spent off the grid by crediting is wife (then-girlfriend), Camila Alves, for her patience: “A good woman gives a man courage and confidence—the courage to have the confidence to go and do it, to not be worried as much or consider as much what the rest of the world thinks,” he says.

What brought him back from his unbranding? The birth of his son, Levi, and a role in “The Lincoln Lawyer” — and a slew of serious offers followed, from “Magic Mike” to “True Detective” and the gig that finally won him the ultimate trophy: “Dallas Buyers Club.”

He goes on to discuss his role in “Gold” and how it’s the first role since Wooderson that he’s seriously identified with, thanks to his dad, “Big Jim,” a Texas wildcatter and all-around really cool dude, from the sound of it.

The article reads:

Listening to McConaughey, you get the sense that Big Jim not only inspired McConaughey to take on Gold but influenced McConaughey’s whole life—drill to the core of McConaughey’s true “brand” and you’ll strike Big Jim.

If you can make it through the whole article (which is an impressive feat, to be honest), past the story of his marriage proposal to Camila Alves, his dad’s death and his favorite poem, the message at the heart of McConaughey (and in McConaughey’s heart) is pretty clear, and it’s what we love best about him: Just keep livin’, man.

 

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Backstage photo of Matthew McConaughey at Willie Nelson reminds us why he is Austin’s spirit animal

Austin loves McConaughey like McConaughey loves Austin.

Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson before his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016.  (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)
Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson before his performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

In the latest installment in the love story between the two, a picture of Matthew McConaughey backstage at Willie Nelson’s ACL show balancing the country music legend’s famed, stuffed armadillo mascot on his knee (donning a burnt orange T-shirt, of course) reminds us of why the actor is basically the city’s mascot.

The picture was posted to a “That’s #SoAustin” Facebook account, and we can’t say we disagree.

McConaughey made a surprise appearance to introduce Nelson ahead of his Sunday ACL set by asking the crowd to give him a “big, badass rowdy hello and welcome.” You know things are about to get “#SoAustin” when McConaughey is your opening act. And that’s alright (alright, alright) with us.

READ: A native Austinite’s impression upon seeing Willie Nelson perform live for the first time

WATCH: Matthew McConaughey’s pregame speech to Texas is award-worthy

How much is UT paying Matthew McConaughey to teach? It’s not

It’s a question that’s been on the minds of many ever since UT announced that Academy Award winner and university alumnus Matthew McConaughey would be teaching a class this fall: How much is he getting paid? The answer is — drumroll, please — nothing.

Read: Professor Matthew McConaughey showed up to class at UT last week

Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

According to the Texas Tribune, McConaughey is taking part in the class for free and isn’t technically instructing the course Advanced Producing: Script-to-Screen. He’ll only be in class once or twice a semester while the class will be taught by lecturer Scott Rice.

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Paul Stekler, chair of the radio-television-film department at the Moody College of Communication, told the Texas Tribune that the actor is more of “an active collaborator.”

“A lot of folks contribute to the program in terms of people that are in the industry and giving back,” Stekler said. “Matthew is just a much more high-profile person than most of those folks.”

Read the full story here. 

Professor Matthew McConaughey showed up to class at UT last week

It finally happened: Matthew McConaughey made his UT classroom debut last week.

Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Most of you probably remember that UT announced earlier this summer that the Austinite and Academy Award-winning actor was set to teach a course this fall to some ridiculously lucky students. Well on Monday, the Moody College of Communications tweeted out a photo of McConaughey at the front of his new class.

Joined by “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross, McConaughey is teaching thirty students in a course called Advanced Producing: Script-to-Screen. It’s still not clear how often the UT alumnus will be appearing on campus — he’s expected to teach mostly via recorded videos —  but any McConaughey sighting is usually a good one.

Hook ’em.

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El Arroyo paid homage to Donald Trump’s Austin visit with a McConaughey joke

What, you thought one of the funniest signs in Austin would just let Donald Trump’s Austin campaign stop go unnoticed? El Arroyo, the downtown Austin Tex-Mex restaurant known for its witty, oft-topical marquee, trotted out just the right combination of black block letters Tuesday.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016 for a fundraiser and rally. (Elizabeth Kreutz/For the American-Statesman)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016 for a fundraiser and rally. (Elizabeth Kreutz/For the American-Statesman)

Remember, when in doubt: Matthew McConaughey.

The sign, posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page, reads “McConaughey 2016/Make America Alright Again.” This is not the first time the El Arroyo sign has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election. (And Longhorns football. And Brexit. And Beyonce.) Follow live coverage of Trump’s visit to Austin.

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Matthew McConaughey helps out with the auction during the Jack Ingram and Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman)
Matthew McConaughey helps out with the auction during the Jack Ingram and Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman)

Matthew McConaughey has a YouTube channel nobody knew about

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Two days ago, the internet granted us a little gift: the discovery of Austin’s own Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey’s YouTube channel.

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As the Reddit user who found the link pointed out, the “Dazed and Confused” actor indeed has a verified YouTube channel. The weird thing is nobody had seemed to watch it. It wasn’t until the Redditor’s thread went viral that one of McConaughey’s videos reached over 1 million views — even then, the rest of the videos have under 200,000 views. That seems really strange for a Hollywood actor of his popularity.

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McConaughey joined YouTube in 2013, though he didn’t post his first video until a little over a year later (from Austin, mind you). In it, he pushes people to go to Whole Foods and purchase bottles from “I Am Waters” which provides clean water to homeless public school children.

Most of the videos are him advocating for one cause or another, actually. There’s a second one of him talking about “I Am Waters” again. There’s also a couple of videos where he talks about his Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and #GivingTuesday, a movement to create an international day of giving following Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Aside from his charitable videos, he’s also posted a couple of movie trailers from movies he recently starred in — specifically, the animated movies “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Sing.”

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We’re not sure why his videos haven’t taken off in the past, but he seems to be using them for a good cause. Maybe that Reddit thread will give him the followers he deserves. But for now, we’ll leave you with McConaughey’s sign-off for every video: “Just keep livin’.”

 

 

Would Matthew McConaughey reprise his role on ‘True Detective?’ He says ‘yeah’

Matthew McConaughey on stage during the Jack Ingram & Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman
Matthew McConaughey on stage during the Jack Ingram & Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman

“I miss Rust Cohle, man,” Matthew McConaughey said in an interview with Rich Eisen on Wednesday.

But don’t we all? During his appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show,” McConaughey discussed his character and said he would indeed reprise his “True Detective” role if given the chance.

“I miss watching him on Sunday night,” he said. “I was a happy man while we made that for six months.”

Most people would agree that the second season of “True Detective” didn’t quite live up to the first, leaving the show’s future uncertain. But a third season was eventually announced, though no cast or filming plans have been set.

As McConaughey’s latest film “Free State of Jones” makes its debut on the big screen tomorrow, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that “True Detective” brings him back.

To read about how McConaughey got into his character for “Free State of Jones,” check out our interview with him here. 

See Matthew McConaughey’s failed “Star Wars” audition

Matthew McConaughey could have gone to space again, but his audition ended up on the cutting room floor.

That’s what newly released “Saturday Night Live” footage shows, anyway.

If you don’t remember, the “Star Wars Auditions” sketch was one of the highlights of McConaughey’s hosting gig on “SNL” in November. He didn’t appear in the sketch, but several other celebrities, like Jon Hamm, Emma Stone and Michael Bublé, made cameos.

Here’s the original sketch:

However, according to new footage released Tuesday on Mashable, McConaughey might have had the best part of the whole thing, and his contribution didn’t make the cut. Maybe he was just being a generous host and deferring to his Southern hospitality? Who knows.

In outtakes from the sketch, McConaughey does his best (worst?) Lando Calrissian impression while dressed in a jacket that looks like it was borrowed from the “Free State of Jones” set.

Other outtakes include John Boyega in full Denzel Washington-in-“Training Day”-mode, and the woefully underused Sasheer Zamata as Janelle Monáe.

But it’s OK, Matthew. you’ll still have “Interstellar.” And “Contact.”