5 Times Matthew McConaughey Made Us Proud He’s From Texas

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Unless you’ve lived on another planet the past 23 years, you’ve heard (and perhaps even uttered) the phrase “Alright, Alright, Alright” at least a hundred times. You also know, then, that it was the Hill Country’s own Matthew McConaughey’s breakout character Wooderson who delivered the now infamous line in the cult classic Dazed and Confused. Lucky for us, Dazed was just the beginning of McConaughey’s shining moments. Here are five times this celebrity has made us proud he’s from Texas — and the Texas Hill Country.

He’s stayed true to his Texas roots.

Born November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas, Matthew David McConaughey has had his share of adventure. With over 58 various roles in film and television, he has certainly traveled the globe. What’s admirable about Matthew, though, is that over a dozen of these projects were either filmed or based in the great state of Texas. From the lesser known independent film Lone Star to the award winning HBO series True Detective, McConaughey continues to stay true to his Texas roots. This rarely seen Don’t Mess With Texas commercial (which apparently was banned in 2000) showcases the actor’s love for his home state and his sense of humor.

Even his celebrity peers can’t help but impersonate that smooth Texas drawl.

Celebrity impressions are commonplace in our society today, with everyone having a De Niro or a Walken to entertain their friends with. McConaughey can now be added to this list, having become one of the most impersonated entertainer’s today. Fellow celebrities such as Jim Carrey, Matt Damon, and Ross Marquad have all taken a shot at that famous Texas twang. Even sports stars can’t help but join in the fun. Check out Baltimore Raven’s kicker Justin Tucker’s take on McConaughey’s now famous Lincoln commercials.

He took two years off from mainstream Hollywood to reinvent himself in Texas.

Matthew McConaughey relaxing in the sun with a beverage

After 2009’s flop The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, McConaughey realized it was time to reevaluate his career. Feeling like he had been typecast to play the shirtless romantic lead in mediocre comedies, he went in search for something more meaningful. The next seven films Matthew would undertake were indie films with little budgets and even less pay. The results are legendary. What some have billed as the “McConaissance” has given us the critically acclaimed drama The Lincoln Lawyer and Bernie, a film made right here in Texas, about Texas. Dallas Buyer’s Club (also set in Texas) was the last of these projects. McConaughey received the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2014 for his role in this film.

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