I don’t know if any of you remember this, but in 2003 the Texan actor starred as the lead in a film called Tiptoes, where he got Kate Beckinsale pregnant and when he introduced her to his family, it turned out he was a genetic anomaly because he was the only one who wasn’t a dwarf.
Literally everyone in his family was a dwarf – including Gary Oldman, who played his brother – and genuinely, I’m not making this up, the main plot driver was whether Kate Beckinsale and Matthew McConaughey would want to raise the child if it turned out to be a dwarf.
Now he has an Oscar! And he’s a professor of film at a fairly prestigious university!
I think we all know what’s the thank for the turnaround in McConaughey’s career and that’s clearly Tropic Thunder where he played Ben Stiller’s agent.
As I mentioned before though, the University of Texas in Austin has added the actor to its faculty list as a “professor of practice.” We’re a long way from Tiptoes, Matthew.
The Moody college at Texas announced the news on Twitter yesterday (Wednesday 28th August) to some avail:
The actor graduated from the University of Texas back in 1993 and has since visited the campus a number of times. In 2016 he won the hearts of many by driving a collection of students home in a golf buggy as part of the university’s safe-ride program.
Naturally, the 49-year-old actor will join the department of Radio-Television-Film.
McConaughey was first brought in to teach “Script to Screen” classes where, alongside Scott Rice, he helped create the syllabus for the lesson which he will continue to teach as a full-time professor.
The 49-year-old told UT News:
“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.
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.”
Good on him.
Images via Twitter, Getty
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