Matthew McConaughey Crashed a Texas Teachers’ Virtual Meeting

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Usually, when teachers are holding a discussion via Zoom, they pray that there are no surprise guest stars. I know I do my best not to accidentally video bomb my kids’ classes when they’ve got the computer open in the kitchen! But not all surprise guests are created equal.

A group of 900 teachers in Texas found this out first-hand when they were holding a staff meeting and Oscar-winning actor and everybody’s favorite professor and bingo caller, Matthew McConnaughey, suddenly showed up to express his gratitude for what they do, and what they’ve been doing during the pandemic.

The meeting was being held by the Independent School District in La Porte, Texas, on Thursday morning.

“That was amazing. It made my day and put a smile on my face,” said Misti Prock, College Park Elementary School nurse. “What a kind man to give his time to talk to us.”

McConnaughey explained that his mother was a public school teacher, so he has a lot of respect for what they do.

“I’m a public school son. My mom taught in public schools for thirty-something years,” McConaughey, 50, told the group. “What a valuable occupation y’all have. What you do as an educator, that’s never going to go out of style.”

Nowadays the actor is a bit of a teacher himself, at the University of Texas, and he understands and appreciates the staff’s concern about the pandemic.

“Let’s all remember that we are going to get out of this. It’s going to pass, and we’ll be looking at this situation of our lives in the rear view mirror, and our students will as well,” he said. “Keep your head up. We’ll get out of this on the other side because that’s just what we’re gonna do.”

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Matthew McConaughey Considering Future Career As Texas Governor

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Matthew McConaughey is a talented guy. The famed movie star now turned author, has proved it time and time again. He even had a stand-up tour planned pre-COVID. But now he’s toying with even more future career paths, including one taken by another movie star (albeit more than a decade ago). In recent days, McConaughey has talked again about possibly running for governor of Texas.

It was in an interview earlier this week to promote his new memoir that McConaughey revived talk about a possible political run in his future. When asked if he would be interested in running for the governor of Texas, he certainly didn’t say no.

“That wouldn’t be up to me, it would be up to the people more than me,” he said. Then he proceeded to make some very good Matthew McConaughey-ish points.

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” he said. “When politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.” He then talked about the importance of personal values and rebinding social contracts between Americans. He later said in a separate interview that whatever leadership role he can be most useful in, he’ll ‘drink to that.’

That is what you want out of a leader. Someone who genuinely cares about people, and responds to a call to action with courage and a drink.

COVID Stopped Matthew McConaughey’s Planned Stand-up Comedy Tour

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COVID has taken a lot from us in 2020, and now we learned there’s one more thing to add to the list; Matthew McConaughey’s stand-up comedy debut. That’s right, the gifted actor, now memoirist, was going to try his hand at yet another artistic endeavor and tell jokes in front of a brick wall. He had planned to do a comedy tour this year, but those plans were scrapped by the pandemic

It’s important to note we do respect, enjoy, and admire McConaughey. He’s a good actor and, by all accounts, seems like a good person. Plus, he loves being a dad, so yeah he’s good in our book. And can he tell a compelling story? No doubt. But stand-up comedy? If any celeb could pull it off, he’d be right up there.

I say this as someone who has performed stand-up comedy professionally for more than a decade; stand-up comedy is not easy. When done right, sure, it looks easy, but that’s why so many celebrities try to do it and then often bomb horrifically. But Matthew McConaughey is a lot more willing to make himself the butt of a joke compared to most celebrities and his self-awareness, combined with his openness and a lifetime of great stories, couldn’t help but make him compelling on the stage.

It was in an interview earlier this week, he said he was interested in doing stand-up comedy.

“I haven’t shared this with many people, but stand up is a no-filter communication,” he said. “What I do as an actor is my raw expression through four filters before it gets to the screen. I’m doing someone else’s script, being directed by someone else, I’m being filmed by someone else and edited by someone else before it’s put in a capsule and put in front of you on screen.

That’s four filters from my original expression. Where do you go where there is no filter? That’s stand-up. That was the plan before COVID, going on the road and telling stories in an hour of stand-up.”

His reasons for wanting to do it make sense, and he goes on to say it would be a great thing to get addicted to (spoiler: it very much is).

“It sounds like a great thing to be addicted to, the ultimate buzz. You look at stand-up comic, they are the best truth teller we have. If I  can get away with this, then I’d love to.”

So who knows, we may get a whole new version of Matthew McConaughey, coming to a Funny Bone near you in 2021.

“Being a Dad Was My Only Dream,” Says Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey is living the dream. Not “the dream” you assumed when you read that, like being a Hollywood star and living in luxury while making millions of dollars. Nope, he is living the same dream many of us are: as a dad. In a new interview with People Magazine, McConaughey said “being a dad was always my only dream…I can’t think of anything being more important.”

Amen to that. We were already big Matthew McConaughey fans here (I mean, who isn’t?), especially after he started heading down that Bill Murray path of becoming famous for basically being himself. He became a college professor, toyed with running for governor, and has done a lot of charity work, especially lately in regards to Covid and the wildfires. So we respect him even more for being such a Dad-vocate.

He spends much of the interview talking about something every parent is dealing with these days; what it’s like raising your kids in a quarantined world. He said his three kids, aged 8-12, have “doubled down” on their hobbies and creative side, including getting into photography. They even took the cover photo for the People story.

The interview, which he did to plug his new memoir, Greenlights, also covered how he saw fatherhood as a privilege and a responsibility. Which, if you see it as anything but, you may be missing part of it. It’s the greatest thing in the world, but it will push you in new and difficult ways on a regular basis.

He said being a dad is still the pinnacle for him, and the goals for his kids are the same any of us have, that they ‘are conscientious, confident and autonomous.’

“I can tell you this: I’m happy and confident to say our kids do not question the love we have in our family,” he said.