Watch: Matthew McConaughey Reveals Origin of ‘Alright, Alright, Alright’ on ‘SNL’

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Matthew McConaughey may be the star of high-grossing movies and an Oscar winner, but after 20 years, his “Dazed and Confused” catchphrase, “alright, alright, alright,” continues to follow him.

The actor finally revealed the origins of the line while hosting “Saturday Night Live” this week for the first time in 14 years. Instead of rattling off jokes in his opening monologue, McConaughey opted for a story, recounting his journey in his 1993 breakout role.

McConaughey said he wasn’t even thinking about being an actor at the time he was recruited for Richard Linklater’s ’90s breakthrough, but was recruited by a producer in a bar for the role.

After shooting his first scene, which also yielded classic quote, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man: I get older, they stay the same age,” Linklater decided to place McConaughey in another scene for a previously unplanned appearance.

“Next thing I know, I’m in a car getting ready to shoot the very first scene of my film acting career, unscripted,” he said. “Am I nervous? Damn right, I’m nervous.”

An acting natural, though, McConaughey just thought about what his character, Wooderson, would do in the situation — and gave birth to “alright, alright, alright.” Watch McConaughey tell the full story below.

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  1. JP says:

    The quote should read:
    “…that’s what I love about high school girls man: I get older, they stay the same age.”

  2. ms. terry telles says:

    hey matthew……you and agent gibbs (from ncis) are the bestest on television —-..from your most ardent fan…ms. terry telles…(an 88 yr, old female critic) sincerely..

  3. Anferny says:

    you botched the quote.

  4. Bill B. says:

    Some say there is no such thing as luck, but the start of this guy’s career proves that wrong.

  5. Dynamo says:

    *I get older, they stay the same age

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