Matthew McConaughey explains his 'All right, all right, all right' catchphrase: 'I was high as a kite' (2024)

'I've been listening to this live Doors album, and in between two of the songs, Morrison goes 'alright, alright, alright, alright' '

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Long before he was an Oscar-winner for Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey broke onto the scene as David Wooderson, the legendary burnout of Dazed and Confused. But McConaughey hasn’t distanced himself from his humble roots now that he’s an Academy Award-winner – indeed, when accepting his Oscar on March 2, the actor ended his speech with a hearty “All right, all right, all right,” Wooderson’s famous catchphrase.

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And now, McConaughey has explained the origin of the phrase, telling George Stroumboulopoulos that was inspired to create it in the same way that so many others have been inspired: Listening to The Doors while “high as a kite.”

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In an interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, McConaughey explained that he was preparing to shoot his first scene in the Richard Linklater film, sitting in a car with some friends and considering his character’s motivation.

“I get in the car, I’m nervous, (it’s my) first scene on film,” McConaughey said. “Right before we’re about to shoot, I’ve got friends in the car … and I’ve been listening to this live Doors album, and in between two of the songs, Morrison goes ‘alright, alright, alright, alright.’ ”

This, apparently, got McConaughey thinking: “So right before we’re about to go, I’m like, what is Wooderson about?” McConaughey said. “He’s about four things: He’s about his car, he’s about getting high, he’s about getting high, he’s about rock and roll, and picking up chicks.”

“And I go: I’m in my car, I’m high as a kite, I’m listening to rock and roll – action! — and there’s the chick,” McConaughey explained of his epiphany – and the rest is history.

Watch the Oscar-winning actor explain the catchphrase below.

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