Actor Matthew McConaughey will return to the University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater, this fall to co-teach an upper-level course in filmmaking — and to find that while he keeps getting older, man, college girls stay the same age.
The class, “Advanced Producing: Script to Screen,” will feature an all-star faculty cast, reports The Daily Texan, the student newspaper at UT Austin.
In addition to McConaughey, the trio of professors will be Gary Ross, who directed “The Hunger Games,” and Scott Rice, a UT Austin lecturer who has directed an absolute slew of television commercials.
McConaughey will teach most of his portions of the course via remote video recording. However, at some point during the semester, there will be “one on-campus visit” by McConaughey himself, according to The Daily Texan.
Ross and McConaughey recently finished working on a new movie, “Free State of Jones.”
That flick, which features a plot about a white savior during the Civil War, will provide the course material. Students will use the “script, shot lists, storyboards, shooting schedule, VFX, final cut and even exclusive behind the scenes footage” the UT Austin course catalog says.
(VFX stands for special effects, by the way, if you are not some film and theater geek.)
Enrollment in McConaughey’s three-hour course is limited to 30 students. Most of them — probably all of them — will be juniors and seniors.
McConaughey won an Academy Award in 2014 for his work in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
He has also starred in a number of blockbuster films including “Interstellar” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” And, of course, he became part of America’s eternal cultural fabric long ago with his original star turn as David Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused.”
He graduated from UT Austin in 1993.