It looks like Matthew McConaughey is looking for a new way to expand his horizons. According to reports, the Academy Award winner will be returning (in a way) to his alma mater, University of Texas at Austin, in order to teach a film class. He’s teaming up with Gary Ross, who recently directed him in Free State Of Jones, to teach 30 students about behind the scenes filmmaking through a series of pre-recorded videos. He will also visit the class at least once because he’s just that kind of guy.
Now, this may be a more hands-off approach than James Franco took into academia, but it’s cool to see a star as big as McConaughey give back to the university that gave him so much. As a temporary professor, he’ll be able to make a difference to a new generation of filmmakers. In our post-McConaissance world, that’s a pretty huge deal. McConaughey’s love of Austin and the Longhorns is well-documented, so this is just another step for a Texas boy making good.
While it would be incredible if he could deliver his lectures in character as Rust Cohle, this is certainly the next best thing.
(Via Consequence Of Sound)