RIO DE JANEIRO – The man famous for, among other things, delivering the “alright, alright, alright” line at the Oscars two years ago was following Rickie Fowler Friday at the Olympics saying “nestle, nestle, nestle” when the American star hit a chip shot on the 16th hole.
Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has been living it up this week while attending the Olympics for the first time. He’s watched men's and women’s rugby, beach volleyball, table tennis and swimming. Friday, it was golf, before flying back to the U.S. later in the evening.
“It’s been a blast,” he said in his signature Texas twang. “We’ve covered some ground, man.
“One, I’m obviously over here rooting on the red, white and blue. Two, I’m over here, my wife’s Brazilian, so I came over here to root for this country to pull it off, which I think they’re doing a pretty good job of that.”
McConaughey, 46, wanted to catch up with Fowler before his trip ended and, four days ago, reached out to Fowler to see if it’d be OK to come watch him play.
The two had never met, although they have been in communication in the past according to Fowler. McConaughey says he’s always admired Fowler’s style and the way he handles himself and wanted to show him, and the other Americans, some support.
“Just shows you how big the Olympics is,” Fowler said. “There’s a lot of people that come in to watch.”
McConaughey, wearing a newsboy hat and Presidents Cup pullover with an American flag emblazoned on the back, is said to be a single-digit handicap even though he contends he only plays golf once a year during his annual charity event. Or, as he describes it, he’s “good enough to want to keep picking them up, but not so good that I’m pissed when I don’t.”
Brazilian ties aside – McConaughey married model Camila Alves in 2006 and they have children ages 8, 6 and 3 – he’s a sports junkie, so the Olympics has always been smack in the middle of his radar even though he’d never been able to attend one before this year.
For more photos of McConaughey's excellent Olympic adventure, click the photo above
“It is pure sport,” he said. “Some people I heard the other night said they come here and they are reminded why they wanted to be competitive at whatever sport it was when they were a kid.
“The common denominator is the sport. You come here and everybody has different styles of play, different chants and cheers on the sidelines, different ways how they go about playing the game, different religions, different politics … and the equalizer is the game.”
McConaughey was here as a respite before returning to the U.S. to work on five projects before the end of the year, including two animated features and two Christmas movies.
“I got tired of people saying ‘what’s your kids’ favorite film you’ve done’ and I said, ‘I haven’t made anything they can see yet,’” he said. “I’m not going to sit my kids down and let them watch ‘True Detective’ yet. There would be a lot of explaining to do.”
“True Detective” is the HBO crime-drama television series in which McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred together for Season 1. Difficult to tell these days which role McConaughey is most known for; the aforementioned Oscar speech, “True Detective,” “Dallas Buyers Club” or even the laid-back car commercials where he nonchalantly cruises around town and waxes poetic.
Fowler confirmed, McConaughey didn’t try to sell him a Lincoln.