Small Details About Matthew McConaughey Movies That Fans Should Know (But Probably Don't)

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Oscar winner, Texas native, and bongo enthusiast Matthew McConaughey has made quite an impression on the film industry since his debut as Wooderson in 1993's Dazed and Confused. But ever since he uttered the immortal words of "Alright, alright, alright," he became a screen icon and adored by millions. And over the last three decades of his film career, fans (and the man himself) have shared tidbits and poignant details about his movies and his roles. Here are a few small details that every McConaughey fan should probably know, but probably don't. 

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    His First Words On Film Were 'Alright, Alright, Alright'

    His First Words On Film Were 'Alright, Alright, Alright'
    Photo: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson / CBS
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    Both Him And His Characters Are Huge Fan Of John Cougar Mellencamp

    Both Him And His Characters Are Huge Fan Of John Cougar Mellencamp
    Photo: A Time to Kill / Warner Bros.

    Matthew McConaughey is a huge fan of singer John Mellencamp and occasionally wears t-shirts from his concerts in his film (as seen in A Time To Kill). 

    He also narrates the Mellencamp documentary The Good Samaritan Tour, which chronicles the singer's 2000 tour. 

    In addition to film work, the two have a relationship that included Mellencamp playing at the actor's wedding in 2012 and McConaughey appearing in the music video for "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)."


  • In How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Kate Hudson smothered Matthew McConaughey with kisses in the scene where she introduces the new dog. This was completely improvised and not in the script, which is why he looks shocked and surprised.

  • Matthew McConaughey did many of his own stunts in the film, and would have done more had producers (and insurance companies) allowed him.

    According to director Breck Eisner, "[He] would have done every stunt in the movie if the insurance company had let him."

    The actor later admitted that the stunts took his toll on him: "I took a couple of months off after this one and just laid horizontal for a while, let everything rest."

  • In an interview with Howard Stern, Matthew McConaughey said he got his first acting gig as Wooderson in Dazed and Confused because of a night of drinking at a bar in Texas when he met the film's casting director:

    I'm [at the bar] because the bartender was in film school with me and he would give me free drinks...

    The bartender says, 'The guy at the end of the bar is producing a film,' so I go introduce myself. His name was Don Phillips

    We start shooting the sh*t...cut to three hours later, we get kicked out for being a little rambunctious. And on the ride home in a taxi, he says, 'Hey Matthew, you ever do any acting?' I said, 'Well, I was in a Miller Lite commercial...but I'd say it was more of a modeling job for half a second.'    

    'Well, come to this address in the morning if you are interested. You might be just right for this part.' 

    Watch the interview here.

  • From Redditor u/Russian_Bagel:

    In The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Matthew McConaughey's chest pounding chant originally wasn't part of the script. It was actually a "relaxation technique" that McConaughey performed before each take. Leonardio Di Caprio noticed it and asked if it could be included in the scene.

    In his book Greenlights, he stated:

    That was something I was doing before each take to relax and keep my rhythm.