Watch Matthew McConaughey School Hugh Grant and Charlie Hunnam in Southern Slang
Matthew McConaughey is a Texan, alright, who loves his homeplace through and through. And he wants his co-stars Hugh Grant and Charlie Hunnam, from his new movie, The Gentlemen, to know it—and maybe pick up a helpful Southern expression or two along the way.
Recently, Vanity Fair gathered the three stars together to talk shop in their native tongues, and the results were hilarious. The trio learned words from Hugh Grant's British vocabulary, Charlie Hunnam's Geordie (northeastern England) dialect, and Matthew McConaughey's Texas vernacular. Obviously, we're a little biased, but we think McConaughey's coaching on the intricacies of "dadgum," "bless your heart," and the like stole the show.
In the clip, it's hard not to crack up as McConaughey instructs his fellow actors on the meaning of "fixin' to," "all hat, no cattle," "corn-fed," and more. Clearly, the masses are enjoying learning some new Southern, British, and Geordie phrases, seeing as the video has already been viewed more than a million times since it was published last week. Watch the full video below.
If watching the above clip has you inspired to brush up on your own Southern-isms, check out 30 Phrases Only Southerners Use. With classic expressions like "heavens to Betsy" and "over yonder" and lesser known phrases like "more than Carter's got little pills" and "well, I s'wanee," we've got you covered.
Now, if only we could have been in that room with these fellows to quiz McConaughey on a few more of his favorite Texas-isms.
We'd love to hear from you: What's your absolute favorite expression from your home state? Do you have a Southern expression or two that you wish made a big comeback? Any phrases you're tired of hearing?