The Oscar-winner plays a koala in the December animated film and tackles the Carly Rae Jepsen hit.

By Tim Stack
Updated August 17, 2016 at 07:48 PM EDT
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In December’s animated comedy Sing, Matthew McConaughey tackles one of the greatest contributions to pop culture in the last 10 years: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” The movie finds koala Buster (McConaughey) creating a singing competition to save his beloved theater and, at one point, Buster advises porcupine contestant Ash (Scarlett Johannson) on the merits of Jepsen’s catchy hit. “I just rip that off a couple of times,” says the actor. “I’m just singing to say, ‘Look, this is a song you can do.’ So I do a little a cappella of that.”

Director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow) admits he was a tad nervous asking the Oscar-winner to sing “Call Me Maybe.”That was my first session with Matthew,” says Jennings. “They’re very much like blind dates. But there’s that moment where we you think this might be crossing the line on a first date by going, ‘Would you mind singing “Call Me Maybe?” But he was just a delight. There was no holding back.”

Sing is due in theaters Dec. 21. You can see the film’s latest trailer below.

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