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