Today is Matthew McConaughey’s 48th birthday, and you know what that means. It means it’s time to say “Alright, alright, alright!”
(Along those lines, if you’re in need of some quick entertainment, I encourage you to search “alright alright alright compilation” and watch the video that comes up.)
McConaughey might just be Hollywood’s favorite Texan, not only because of his good looks and laidback attitude, but also because of his long, long list of great movies. His rise to stardom began, of course, with those three now-famous words that his character Wooderson exclaimed — which were actually McConaughey’s first words on film — in Richard Linklater’s 1993 coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused.
In the nearly 25 years that have passed since that point, he’s succeeded in almost every genre, from crime and legal dramas (A Time to Kill, The Lincoln Lawyer), to rom-coms (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), to sci-fi (Contact, Interstellar), to historical dramas (We Are Marshall, U-571, The Wolf of Wall Street) to whatever you want to classify Magic Mike as. And of course he won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for his turn as AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in 2013’s Dallas Buyers’ Club. (Plus an Emmy nom for his role as Rust Cohle in HBO’s True Detective Season One!)
Coming up next year for the birthday boy are starring roles in White Boy Rick — the true story of a 14-year-old FBI informant (McConaughey plays the title character’s dad) — and Serenity, a thriller that reunites him with his Interstellar co-star Anne Hathaway.
In the meantime, you can honor Matthew’s special day by renting any (or all?) of his latest films at the Box!
You can hear him in two excellent (but very different) animated movies: the Oscar-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings (he voices Beetle/Hanzo) and the family-friendly animal romp Sing (he voices the main character, Buster Moon).
Or you can see him (though you might not recognize him) in Gold, which is the true story of an adventurous gold prospector who’s certain there are riches to be found deep within the Indonesian jungle.
If you’re up for a sci-fi/Western/fantasy/action/thriller combo — or if you’re a Stephen King fan — then you might want to pick The Dark Tower, in which McConaughey plays The Walking Man opposite Idris Elba’s The Gunslinger.
OR you could just skip a movie and play bongo drums naked to celebrate McConaughey’s birthday. Something tells me he’d appreciate that. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, run yet another sure-to-be-entertaining search…)