It seems like an actor who has risen to major fame like Matthew McConaughey might want the audience to remember his depth of characterization.
Seriously, since his debut as "guy who gets knifed and shot" on Unsolved Mysteries, McConaughey has become an acting powerhouse. But he's still dogged by one thing: the word "alright."
It's McConaughey's fault, and he owns it. It began with his portrayal of David Wooderson, an ultra-cool—or total loser, depending on how you look at it—college-age guy hanging with high-school age kids in Dazed and Confused.
McConaughey improvised the line, and he told the story of the moment in a 2015 SNL monologue.
He finished the monologue by illustrating that his repetition of the word always had meaning. "I look around, where I am—well I'm in my 70's Chevelle. That's one," he said, "I've got Slater riding shotgun, so I'm definitely getting high, that's two." The final use of the word? "And we've got Ted Nugent playing Stranglehold on the eight-track, well that's three."
"At this point I hear over the intercom, ‘Action!’," McConaughey continued, "And I look up across the drive-through at this red headed intellectual and I say to myself, ‘Buddy, you got three out of four. Alright, alright, alright!"
Whoa. There's been a deeper meaning all along.
Does that explain why—as the compilation video illustrates to an insane degree—the actor has kept the word in his dialogue like some linguistic good luck charm ever since?
So if it annoys you, just stick to his Unsolved Mysteries appearance. Looks like that's the only time Matthew McConaughey never got to say "alright" at all.