The story behind McConaughey's 'Alright, alright, alright'
March 12th, 2014
05:18 PM ET

The story behind McConaughey's 'Alright, alright, alright'

After this awards season, we wouldn't blame Matthew McConaughey if he never wanted to hear "alright, alright, alright" ever again.

The actor's catchphrase from 1993's "Dazed and Confused" was repeated up and down the red carpet and on nearly every awards show stage as he racked up honors for his work in "Dallas Buyers Club."

But before we let those iconic three words go gentle into the night, only ever to be heard on repeat viewings of McConaughey's dramedy classic, let's revisit McConaughey's explanation on how he came up with the oft-repeated saying in the first place.

While appearing on "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" in 2011, the actor recalled being inspired by Van Morrison for his 1993 "Dazed and Confused" character Wooderson, which was his first feature film role.


"I'm nervous, first scene ever on film, and right before we're about to shoot ... I've been listening to this live Doors album. And in between two of the songs, (The Doors' Jim) Morrison goes, 'alright, alright, alright, alright,'" McConaughey said.

"So right before we go on, I'm like, what is (my character) Wooderson about? Man, he's about four things: he's about his car, he's about getting high, he's about rock 'n' roll, and picking up chicks. And I go, I'm in my car, I'm high as a kite, I'm listening to rock 'n'roll - action! And there's the chick! Alright, alright, alright."

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