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Matthew McConaughey Becoming A RL Uni Professor Is The Ultimate Giveback

Alright, alright, alright students.

From being a romcom leading man to a critically acclaimed dramatic actor who has won an Oscar, Matthew McConaughey has had quite the movie career and can afford to take it easy for the foreseeable future.

But rather than sit back and ride on the coattails of his Hollywood success, McConaughey’s decided to give back to the industry that’s given him so much by becoming a legit professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

According to a press release from the uni, he’ll be a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication where he’ll teach the “Script to Screen” film production class.

While going from Oscar winner to uni professor is a bit of a wild flex, it actually isn’t that ridiculous of a leap. McConaughey earned a film degree at the Uni of Texas in 1993 and has been serving as a visiting instructor at the Uni of Texas since 2015. He even helped develop the curriculum for the “Script to Screen” class, which explains the abundance of movies from his filmography.

Speaking about his appointment to the uni, McConaughey says:

“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.

“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.”

That doesn’t sound like a man going through a mid-life crisis. If anything, it’s more indicative of what a top bloke he is because he certainly won’t be getting paid a Hollywood level wage for doing this.

Hey, if you’ve done so many great films then why the hell not show them off to students?

It’s actually pretty great to see someone as famous as McConaughey not only remembering his roots but also giving back to his home community. Whereas many stars bail on their hometown when they hit it big, McConaughey still lives in Austin and is a big presence in its social scene.

So if you needed an excuse or reason to transfer to a uni abroad, he’s just given you a big one. At the very least you’ll have a field day dropping Matthew McConaughey quotes in each class.

Amen.

Joaquin Phoenix's Creepy AF Joker Will Keep You Up At Night, Especially If You’re Batman

Send in the (horrifying) clown.

The final trailer for Todd Phillips’ Joker upon us and let’s not beat around the bush, Joaquin Phoenix’s take on Batman’s greatest nemesis is the stuff of nightmares.

After all those stories about the Daniel Day-Lewis-esque levels of preparation Phoenix underwent to play Arthur Fleck, the new trailer shows just creepy his take on the Clown Prince of Crime will be. His laugh alone will keep you up at night.

Jared Leto, this is how you do the Joker.

But beyond what looks to be an all-time great Joaquin Phoenix performance, we finally get to see some stuff that not only adds extra dimensions to the character but also some narrative context.

There’s new glimpses of Arthur’s battle with mental illness, his failed stand-up career, and his troubled family life. Throw in appearances from Robert De Niro’s cheesy talk show host who instigated Arthur’s downfall, Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz, and Brett Cullen as an unsympathetic Thomas Wayne who socks Arthur in the face, Joker is certainly nothing like any other “superhero” film we’ve ever seen.

Honestly, it seems like Joker is a modern day reinterpretation of Martin Scorsese’s 1982 classic, The King of Comedy, which happens to also star Robert De Niro and revolves around a mentally ill stand-up comedian who slowly loses it.

With no action sequences, no Batman, and spectacle being replaced with a dark character study into a mentally ill person, it’s not wonder why Todd Phillips had such a hard time convincing Warner Bros. to buy into Joker.

But based on what we’ve seen so far, it seems like the studio chose well because the movie is looking like a solid winner. We’ll soon find out whether the final product is as good as all the promotional trailers when it opens on October 4.

And hey, even if the movie doesn’t turn out as good as we hoped, we’re going to get a fantastic Joaquin Phoenix performance that’ll wipe away whatever memory we have of Jared Leto at the very least.

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