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The Origin Of Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Alright, Alright, Alright’

Matthew McConaughey's cry of "alright, alright, alright" was a big hit at the 86th Academy Awards last night when he uttered it after winning the best actor award for Dallas Buyers Club.

"Alright, alright, alright" isn't new, though. McConaughey's been rocking that catchphrase since portraying the David Wooderson character in the coming of age film Dazed And Confused in 1993.

In a 2011 interview, McConaughey told George about the origin of the saying — and explained its unlikely connection to Doors' singer Jim Morrison.

"Getting ready for that role I went out the first night for a dress rehearsal, the hair and makeup and I stepped out of the trailer and Rick Linklater the director comes up and goes, 'This is great.'

"He goes, 'Listen, man, I know you're not supposed to work tonight, but we've got a scene at the TopNotch, Friday, Wooderson might be there trolling for chicks, knowwhatImean?' I go, 'Yeah, he would be there.' And he goes, 'What do you think? Would Wooderson be attracted to the red-headed intellectual? Because Wooderson's been around school. He's sort of been with all the typical beauties. What about the red-headed intellectual, do you think he'd be into that?

"I was like, 'Yeah.' And I said, 'Gimme 30 minutes. Let me take a walk.' So I took a walk. I come back and we played verbal ping-pong. I told him my ideas, he told me his and he goes, 'Wanna shoot it?' And I went, 'OK.'

"So we go up to the set. I get in the car 'cause I'm nervous. First scene ever on film. And right before we're about to shoot I've got friends in the car and I had been listening to this live Doors album and in between two of the songs Morrison goes, 'Alright! Alright! Alright! Alright!' 

"'Alright! Alright! Alright! Alright!'

"So right before before we're about to go I go, 'What is Wooderson about?' And I go, 'He's about four things: He's about his car, he's about gettin' high, he's about rock 'n' roll and pickin' up chicks.' I go, 'I'm in my car, I'm high as a kite, I'm listenin' to rock 'n' roll...' Action... and there's the chick. Alright, alright, alright... three out of four."