Matthew McConaughey Explains His Famous Catchphrase

Alright, alright, alright.

Matthew McConaughey has lit up the big screen, the silver screen, and our hearts with his Texas drawl and super buff bod for decades. His staple catchphrase, "Alright, alright, alright," has become legendary, and after his Best Actor acceptance speech at the Oscars, we started wondering about its genesis.

Luckily, the above video started making the rounds, in which McConaughey explains the origin behind the tag line. In the 2011 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, the actor spoke to how he tapped into his first on-screen character, David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused. He had been listening to a live recording of an album by The Doors to get ready for his first scene, and in between two of the songs, Jim Morrison let out four of the now infamous "alrights."

McConaughey explained, "What is Wooderson about? He's about his car, getting high, rock and roll, and picking up chicks…alright, alright, alright." And there you have it, folks. History, made.

(via Uproxx) (opens in new tab)

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