When Matthew McConaughey gave his much-talked-about acceptance speech for Best Actor during this year’s Academy Awards,  his “All right, all right, all right” wasn’t just off the cuff: it was a reference to his first film role, and it was inspired by a legendary rock icon. 

The line was first uttered by McConaughey as the character Wooderson in the 1993 Richard Linklater homage to the ’70s, Dazed and Confused. But on a recent appearance with Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos (via Rolling Stone), McConaughey discussed the now-legendary line, citing Doors frontman Jim Morrison as the inspiration of that particular exclamation. 

McConaughey, who was listening to a live Doors album before shooting the scene, figured that his character had four motivating factors in this world: “his car, gettin’ high, rock & roll and pickin’ up chicks.”

When it came time to shoot his first scene, Morrison’s repetitive “all right” mantra came into play as McConaughey recalls, “I’m in my car, I’m high as a kite, I’m listening to rock and roll, action! And there’s the chick. All right, all right, all right! Three out of four!”

And here is Morrison’s original “All right, all right, all right!”

-Brad Haynes, 1059 SUNNY FM-Orlando


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