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.