Photos from Monday’s swimming events show Matthew McConaughey reacting to the proceedings while wearing a T-shirt with the Olympic rings and U.S.A. printed on the front.
Matthew McConaughey has caught Olympic fever! During the swimming finals on Monday night, the actor cheered on Team U.S.A. and could not have looked happier to be in the stands.
The 46-year-old actor, whose wife Camila Alves grew up in Brazil, flew to Rio with Alves and their three kids, just in time to take in the action. The We Are Marshallstar looked patriotic in a U.S.A. tee and blue jeans, with his Olympic credentials around his neck. It looks like playing a coach in the 2006 film has rubbed off on him: The animated star cheered, whistled, and coached the U.S. team to a number of medals.
One envious tweeter wrote: “When your friend @nicoletitmas and the USA Women’s Rugby Team get to meet Matthew McConaughey #Dying”
Speaking to CBS News next to the rugby pitch Matt revealed he’d decided to hit the games due to his Brazillian wife Camila Alves.
“It’s the first time I’ve been to the Olympics actually and yes it’s her [Camila’s] country hosting it,” he explained.
“We’re always looking for a reason to be here and this gave us a really good reason.”
Asked why he had chosen Women’s rugby, he replied: “Well I came out to watch America v Fiji earlier. I’m really enjoying it, so I’m still here.”
While there’s been some criticism of the games, the Interstellar hunk had no complaints, admitting that he would probably be “exhausted” by the time he goes home: “It’s really cool, it’s a great thing to be at. I’ll let you know in a week, I’ll probably be exhausted, but it’s a great thing to be at.”
Getting patriotic in a USA t-shirt and flat cap, it wasn’t hard to miss the 46-year-old was supporting as he roared from the stands, as he jumped around and punched the air as he willed his countrymen to victory.
He later stood with his hand on his heart during the medal presentation ceremony for US swimmer Lilly King who won gold in the women’s 100m Breaststroke Final.
We think he will be pretty worn out by the time he heads home.