Next stop on the McConaissance train: bona fide professor. And I’m not talking about playing one on TV. According to The University of Texas at Austin’s Facebook page, Matthew McConaughey will be teaching a filmmaking class at his alma mater this fall with Hunger Games director Gary Ross.
In the class, 30 students at the college’s Moody School will be taken behind the scenes of the duo’s latest film, Free State of Jones (Ross directs and McConaughey stars as a disillusioned Confederate army deserter that rallies a liberal southern militia).
Now before you get as gushy-eyed as Jodie Foster in Contact at the prospect of McConaughey all gussied up in professor wear, drawling coyly from the front of a classroom, it’s not quite all that it seems. According to Entertainment Weekly, the class will be taught with prerecorded videos of the Ross/McConaughey duo. (Personally, given that tidbit, I think I’d designate that class block to just watch Interstellar over and over again). BUT, McConaughey will make “at least” one in-person appearance. I guess I’d go to class that day.
According to the San-Antonio Express News, McConaughey also “taught” a similar class last spring, but students had to sign a non-disclosure agreement since the film hadn’t yet been released.
Free State of Jones is now in theaters everywhere. Check it out and see if you can’t find one of those lecture videos floating around. Rumor has it that McConaughey just says “alright, alright, alright” in various inflections and tones until students understand whatever he’s trying to say. At the time of publication, these rumors cannot be confirmed, since we basically made them up ourselves.
Are you one of the lucky few headed to this UT class? If you are, tell us what you’re expecting in comments below. If you’re not, tell us what you’d like to have McConaughey teach you in an ideal setting.
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