The Jakarta Post
US actor Matthew McConaughey arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "The Beach Bum" at the Arclight cinemas on March 28, 2019, in Hollywood. (AFP/Chris Delmas )
American actor and producer Matthew McConaughey has been tapped as a "professor of practice" at the Moody College of Communication of his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, beginning the Fall 2019 term.
According to a statement, McConaughey will be a member of the Department of Radio-Television-Film faculty.
In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. @McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF. https://t.co/9goKkc6U0A— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) August 28, 2019
A graduate of UT Austin in 1993, he began working at the faculty in 2015 as a visiting instructor, co-teaching a film production class that highlights the stages of a movie production.
“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,” McConaughey said in a statement issued by the faculty on Thursday.
“Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art – no matter the time or generation. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus," he added.
Meanwhile, Moody College dean Jay Bernhardt stated that the institution was proud to welcome McConaughey to the faculty. “Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators," he said.
Among the films studied at McConaughey's "Script to Screen" class at Moody College between 2015 and 2018 were Free State of Jones, White Boy Rick, The Gentleman and Mud.
McConaughey is an Academy Award-winning actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club ( 2013 ). He has so far featured in more than 50 films, including A Time to Kill, The Wolf of Wall Street and Interstellar. (ran/kes)