As you might have heard, Austin’s own southern heart-throb, Wild Turkey Spokesman, and UT professor extraordinaire, Matthew McConaughey, is making a splash at the 2016 Rio Olympics. McConaughey has been spotted running the gamut of human emotions, both on his own and in the company of wife, Camila Alves. The actor has been posting on his own Instagram and Twitter accounts, in addition to being caught by random patrons, photographers, and news outlets at the Olympic games.
That is why it’s not wholly unreasonable to use pics of the Hollywood actor to gauge how exactly things are going at the 2016 Olympics. If you can’t find the time to watch the events live, and a ticket to Rio is out of the question, gaze upon the visage of Matthew McConaughey to catch up on what you missed!
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Seeing McConaughey brave the Rio crowd on his own, you’d think he was simply a good-old-boy attending a Longhorns game:
Catch him with his model/designer wife Camila, and you’d think every single competitor was ahead in every single event at the 2016 Games:
It’s no secret that Michael Phelps has a thing for the gold. Phelps came out of retirement this summer to take home his 23rd and final gold medal in the 400-meter medley race. Notice the look of pride and sadness in McConaughey’s eyes; He’s both proud to be there and emotional about Phelps’ career coming to an end. If you wanted to know how to feel about the whole thing, here’s your chance to method-act:
Still, McConaughey and Alves know that the Olympic Games can’t all be hearts and flowers, with no mistakes, no close-calls. Sometimes things get derailed, and when that happens, ya gotta pull a face:
For example, did you hear that US swimmers Ryan Lochte, TexasEX Jimmy Feigen, and two other teammates were robbed at gunpoint by men posing as Brazilian police officers? That sounds pretty awful, but the unflappable Lochte and cool-as-a-cucumber McConaughey seem fully unfazed in this Instagram post one day following the incident. If they’re not gonna sweat it, then you shouldn’t either!
If you haven’t heard much about Egypt’s success in the 2016 Olympics, that’s because they’re not exactly kicking butt. That being said, McConaughey loves the indomitable spirit of the underdog, and this pose with swimmer Ali Khalafalla proves that winning truly isn’t everything! Sometimes it’s all in how you play the game:
When posing for a photo with Aussie freestyle swimmer Belinda Hocking, McConaughey’s grin doesn’t go from ear-to-ear. That could be because the 25 year-old Hocking only walked away with a bronze, and was barely beat out on two other top-tier placements, or it could just be because he’s polite as all get-out:
Feeling a little Texas pride is in order when your state is taking home a pretty decent portion of the gold medals at the Olympics:
— Longhorn Humor (@LonghornHumor) August 14, 2016
And when it comes to Texas pride, McConaughey’s got it in spades. Here’s our man, throwing hook-em horns with the pack. If you weren’t sure how Texas was doing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. We’re doing alright, alright, alright:
Or, at least we were until Matt tried and failed at wrestling a female rugby player! (Sadly, NBC is greedy and doesn’t want to share video, so you’ll just have to watch that here.) Maybe that’s why he seemingly got ditched and ended up in all those sad puppy shots all by his lonesome…
Or, maybe not? Whatever. Aren’t the Olympics fun?
Featured image: Screenshot of a post by Instagram user eihollywood. Published under fair use license for journalistic commentary.