Monday 11 December 2017

REVEALED: The origin of Matthew McConnaughey's 'Alright, alright, alright'

Matthew McConaughey celebrates in the press room after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role in true-life AIDS activist drama
Matthew McConaughey celebrates in the press room after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role in true-life AIDS activist drama "Dallas Buyers Club"

Aishling Phelan

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey revealed the story behind his signature ''alright, alright, alright" phrase.

The Hollywood star incorporated his trademark saying into his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards and has insisted that the expression was inspired by The Doors singer Jim Morrison.

The iconic quote was initially made popular in the actor's first-ever film role as David Wooderson in "Dazed and Confused."

Speaking on chat show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight he said, ''Right before we're about to shoot... I've been listening to this live 'Doors' album and in between two of the songs Morrison goes 'all right, all right, all right, all right.''

He explained how the frontman's stage banter on the album inspired the development of his character.

''So right before I'm about to shoot, I'm like 'what is Wooderson about?'

''He's about four things, he's about his car, getting high, rock and roll, and picking up chicks.

''I'm in my car, I'm high as a kite, I'm listening to rock and roll, and there's the chick — action! 'All right, all right, all right' — three out of four,'' he said.

Canadian chat show host Stroumboulopoulos uploaded the interview with McConaughey from a 2011 episode of his show.

The audience at the Academy Awards erupted into applause when the actor finished his acceptance speech by rattling off the phrase.

The A-lister took home the Oscar for best actor for his performance as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves kiss backstage during the Oscars held at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

He lost three stone to portray the homophobic ill man who set up a drugs ring to sell non-approved medication to others.

For four months, he ate fish and cups of vegetables to shed the weight and complete the dramatic transformation necessary for his character.

The star also won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors’ Guild Best Actor awards for his role.

The 44-year-old is married to his longtime girlfriend, Brazilian model Camila Alves and together they have three children, Levi, five, Vida, three and one-year-old Livingston.


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