Actor Matthew McConaughey to Teach Film at the University of Texas
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
Actor Matthew McConaughey, who has openly spoken about his faith, will now take on a new role: Professor of Film at the University of Texas.
According to the Dallas Morning News:
The university announced that the Dazed and Confused actor, who has strong ties to the school, will join the Department of Radio-Television-Film.
“He has a passion for teaching, and for all things cinematic, that is palpable, even infectious,” said department chairman Noah Isenberg.
McConaughey has been a visiting instructor since 2015, co-teaching the Script to Screen movie production class.
“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 the school’s news release. “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.”
Last year, university officials declared McConaughey the “minister of culture” for the school’s planned basketball arena set to open in 2021.
In addition to his passion for movies, McConaughey says he is passionate about the Lord, although he has played several characters who do not reflect and even denigrate Christian biblical character traits in some very anti-Christian movies. So, look up his movie at www.movieguide.org before you decide to watch it.
McConaughey previously told GQ that he and his family attend a nondenominational church in Texas every Sunday.
In his Oscar acceptance speech in 2014, he said, “First off, I want to thank God because that’s who I look up. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other hand. He’s shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”
Please pray for McConaughey as he starts this new journey and that he will use his talents for the Lord.
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