Where Matthew McConaughey got his 'all right'

1:19 PM, Mar 13, 2014   |    comments
Matthew McConaughey accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role award for 'Dallas Buyers Club' onstage during the 2014 Oscars.
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(USA TODAY) We've all heard it by now. Matthew McConaughey's famous Oscar phrase: "All right, all right, all right."

But when he says it, it sounds like "alright, alright, alright."


Some of you may know the phrase isn't a McConaughey original. It was uttered by the character he played, David Wooderson, in 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused. As he pulls up in his car next to Marissa Ribisi in a drive-through, he says, "All right, all right, all right."

And now, Rolling Stone notes that McConaughey explained where he got it to begin with in an interview with Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos.

Before shooting the Dazed scene, McConaughey said he was listening to a "live Doors album" and found himself loving frontman Jim Morrison's between-song rant of consecutive "all right, all right, all right, all right."

McConaughey started thinking about his character's motivations and came up with four main categories: "his car, gettin' high, rock & roll and pickin' up chicks."

So then the actor connected those four motivations to the "all rights." He counts them down: "I'm in my car; I'm high as a kite; I'm listening to rock & roll," he says. "Action! And there's the chick - 'All right, all right, all right!' Three out of four!"

Or something like that.

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