UT Students, Meet Professor McConaughey

Star will teach film class, though mostly by recorded video
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2016 1:24 PM CDT
UT Students, Meet Professor McConaughey
In this Jan. 5, 2009, file photo, actor Matthew McConaughey celebrates after Texas defeated Ohio State 24-21 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game in Glendale, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Can we get an "all right, all right, all right" for the University of Texas at Austin's new film instructor? The college announced Thursday that Matthew McConaughey will team up with Gary Ross, the director of his new film, Free State of Jones, and a university instructor to teach a film class at his alma mater this fall, Us Weekly reports. "He's in the movies. He's on the field. Now, Matthew McConaughey is in the classroom," says a post celebrating "Professor McConaughey" on UT's Facebook page. His instruction, however, will be provided via recorded videos, though with at least one on-campus visit.

Thirty juniors and seniors will get a "behind-the-scenes" glimpse at how the movie was made, with McConaughey and Ross, who also directed The Hunger Games, showing clips from the movie and then delving into why certain scenes were shot the way they were, per the San Antonio Express-News. It's McConaughey's second stint at UT for this class, which he also taught in the spring amid lots of nondisclosure forms because the movie hadn't come out yet. (McConaughey does pretty well with higher-learning institutions.)

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