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Matthew McConaughey joins University of Texas faculty

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com
Austin-based actor and Longhorns fan Matthew McConaughey, seen here marching before the start of the Orange and White spring game at Royal-Memorial Stadium on April 13, is now an official University of Texas professor, UT announced Wednesday. [Rodolfo Gonzalez/for STATESMAN]

The University of Texas has a new professor with a familiar face: Matthew McConaughey.

The Moody College of Communication announced Wednesday that McConaughey has been appointed as a professor of practice to the Department of Radio-Television-Film faculty, starting this fall term. The actor and Austin icon has served as a visiting instructor since 2015, when he began co-teaching the "Script to Screen" film production class with faculty member and director Scott Rice.

The man who gifted the world with the catchphrase "alright, alright, alright" in 1993 film "Dazed and Confused" developed the UT course’s curriculum, which provides a "behind-the-scenes view of each stage of a film’s production," according to the university.

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McConaughey earned a film degree from UT in 1993. He picked up an Academy Award for his role in 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club.” According to the university, he has appeared in more than 50 films; some memorable credits include “A Time to Kill” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” He starred in this year's "The Beach Bum," which premiered at South by Southwest in March. McConaughey also turned in a tour de force performance in HBO TV series “True Detective.”

The actor is a major presence in Austin's social scene, as well as a fixture at Longhorns football games. Last week, Austin FC announced that McConaughey has signed on as an investor in the Major League Soccer team.

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MCCONAUGHEY AT UTThe "Script to Screen" classes Matthew McConaughey has co-taught at the University of Texas and the films studied, as well as the curriculum for the class this fall:

• Fall 2015: studied “Free State of Jones” (writer-director Gary Ross visited class along with producer Diana Alvarez)

• Fall 2016: studied “Free State of Jones”

• Spring 2017: studied “White Boy Rick” (director Yann Demange visited class)

• Spring 2018: studied “White Boy Rick” and “The Beach Bum” (writer-director Harmony Korine visited class)

• Fall 2018: studied “The Beach Bum” and “White Boy Rick” (director Demange called into class)

• Spring 2019: studied “The Beach Bum” and “The Gentleman”

• Fall 2019: studying “The Gentlemen” and “Mud” (director Jeff Nichols scheduled to visit)

Source: University of Texas Moody College of Communication news release