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SNL: Matthew McConaughey recounts the history of 'Alright, alright, alright'

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Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, and as soon as he took to the stage in Studio 8H, he got one thing out of the way: his famous catchphrase.

Instead of opting for a song-and-dance number or a traditional joke-filled monologue, McConaughey told his own movie star origin story (title: “The Right Bar at the Right Time”), recounting how the phrase “Alright, alright, alright” derived from his first-ever movie role in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. The 1993 film featured McConaughey as Wooderson, a role he landed after befriending a producer in a bar in Austin, Texas. 

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

To get into character, McConaughey focused on the four things Wooderson loved best of all: cars, weed, rock ‘n roll, and women. Looking around the car, he realized he had three out of the four, so things were, well, alright alright alright.

Watch McConaughey’s monologue below.