After watching practice on Wednesday, Academy Award-winning actor and Redskins fan Matthew McConaughey joined Alfred Morris, Robert Griffin III and several other Redskins players at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn to celebrate Morris’s selection as the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Proceeds from the event — general admission tickets were $200 — went to the “Play 60” program and McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation, which provides afterschool exercise and wellness programs for students in lower-income schools.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder praised McConaughey as a great family man, philanthropist and “the best actor in the United States right now.” McConaughey, who won the 2014 Oscar for best actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, explained the origin of his Redskins fandom, which dates to 1973, by repeating the story he told on Jay Leno’s show last year. The gist: As a four-year-old, McConaughey’s favorite food was hamburgers, which sounded a lot like Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger, which makes me hungry.
The flashbulbs rarely stopped in the main lobby before showtime, as McConaughey and Morris posed for photos on the stage and other players signed autographs and chatted with fans around the room.
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From there, fans dispersed to one of six theaters, where Morris and five of his teammates had selected a favorite movie to watch. Not one of them featured a McConaughey film.
Alfred Morris: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Synopsis: An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm-raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.
“George Clooney, Meryl Streep, some other big names” Morris said of his pick. “I stumbled upon Fantastic Mr. Fox and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Robert Griffin III: John Q
IMDB summary: A down-on-his luck father, whose insurance won’t cover his son’s heart transplant, takes the hospital’s emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to perform the operation.
The QB is consistent about John Q; Griffin named the Denzel Washington drama his favorite movie of all-time in a Facebook Q&A last year.
Chris Baker: Superbad
Summary: Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.
“I try to go to the theaters at least once or twice a month,” said Baker, who guessed the last move he saw was in a theater was Lone Survivor.
Nick Sundberg: The Lion King
Summary: Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.
“It’s actually not my favorite,” Sundberg said. “The Little Mermaid is my favorite. But, when debating with my girlfriend on what would be a better big-screen movie to see, she convinced me that The Lion King is the right choice, which it is. Honestly, I knew there were going to be a bunch of kids at this event and I didn’t think any of the other guys were going to pick kids’ movies. I thought it would be phenomenal to pick an old-school Disney flick and really take it back.”
Darrel Young: Remember the Titans
Summary: The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team in Alexandria on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Do most people agree that Remember the Titans is better than We are Marshall?
Ryan Kerrigan: The Internship
Summary: Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.
Had I known this was Kerrigan’s pick, I would’ve asked him to explain himself, but that’s a question for another day.
“I’m not a movie buff at all,” he told me. Kerrigan also said he’s seen Dazed and Confused “more times than I can count” and enjoyed McConaughey in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Wolf of Wall Street.