Watch Matthew McConaughey discuss origin of 'alright, alright, alright'

If you're ready to say "enough already" the next time you hear Matthew McConaughey's "alright, alright, alright" catchphrase, well ... hold the phone.

A newly re-cut video features the Oscar winner discussing the origin of that classic "Dazed and Confused" line which McConaughey brought back in acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. The 2011 interview with Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos popped up on his show's YouTube channel last week.

McConaughey talked about how The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison provided inspiration for his 1993 "Dazed" character David Wooderson. The actor recalled discussing things over with director Richard Linklater and getting motivated for his first scene ever on film.

Image: Alright T-shirt
Looking to outfit the Wooderson in your life? McConaughey's Just Keep Livin brand sells T-shirts.

He told Stroumboulopoulos that he'd been listening to a live recording of The Doors in which Morrison, between songs, bellowed "all right" four times. (This recording features six, but what's a couple of "all rights" between stoner friends?)

"So right before we're about to go, I'm like, 'What is Wooderson about?'" McConaughey said. "I go, 'Man, he's about four things: his car, he's about getting high, he's about rock 'n' roll and picking up chicks.' And I go, 'I'm in my car, I'm high as a kite, I'm listening to rock 'n' roll ... action! And there's the chick!'

"'Alright, alright, alright.' Three out of four!" McConaughey concluded.

Matthew McConaughey

Image: BESTPIX - 'Dallas Buyers Club' - Rome Photocall
Ernesto Ruscio

The easygoing actor, once known for playing bongo drums while naked, has come a long way from "Dazed and Confused." He's earned raves for roles in "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Dallas Buyers Club."


Join the TODAY Food Club NOW for a chance to win the Ultimate Cookware Giveaway.