All around the United States, college students are moving into their dorms and preparing for another year of classes. They are reminding themselves of their schedule for the semester, the school layout and what professors they picked months ago. But what if one of those names on your sheet was Matthew McConaughey – yes, the Academy Award winning Hollywood actor?
For a select group of students at the University of Texas Austin, McConaughey will be their film professor this semester, joining the university’s Department of Radio-Television-Film. The 49-year-old Texas native, who graduated with a film degree from the school back in 1993 just before portraying Wooderson in the 1993 cult-classic Dazed and Confused, had been a visiting instructor at the school since 2015. Having previously co-taught the Script To Screen film production class with director Scott Rice as well as his outstanding work in over 50 Hollywood feature films, the school elected to appoint McConaughey as an official professor of practice at UT Austin’s Moody College of Communication starting this fall, according to UTNews.
“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,” McConaughey told the publication. “Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art – no matter the time or generation. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus.”
McConaughey, who still lives in the Austin area, has won a whole slew of awards during his career, which spans close to three decades, including an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Rust Cohle in Season One of HBO’s True Detective. Mix in other many other notable roles such as Amistad, Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street and Angels in the Outfield and it’s no wonder why he’s become a sought-after Hollywood talent.
An Oscar-winning actor who has worked with innovative filmmakers and some of the biggest names in Hollywood – there might not be a more qualified film professor, or fan of the Texas Longhorns, in the country. It kind of makes me wish I could go back and retake film courses at Moody College of Communication.