'21 Years: Richard Linklater' Co-Directors on Interviewing McConaughey and Tarantino Documentary Plans

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Up next: a doc on Quentin Tarantino

Matthew McConaughey has an new film out this weekend — and no, we don't mean Interstellar.

McConaughey is one of a number of stars who lined up to participate in the documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, which centers on the work of the Boyhood director.

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McConaughey made his first onscreen appearance in Richard Linklater's Dazed & Confused (1993) and like everyone else approached for the doc, was immediately onboard, said co-director Michael Dunaway.

"We had a short period of time, but he gave us enough in that 45-minutes to make two movies just about Matthew and Rick," Dunaway tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Matthew is such a smart guy — he's so articulate. I'd be halfway through a question and he'd know exactly what I needed. I'd just stop my question and he'd answer."

McConaughey is electric in the film, revealing the secrets behind iconic lines, including (of course) "alright, alright, alright."

Other stars interviewed for the project include Ethan HawkeKeanu ReevesBilly Bob ThorntonJack BlackJulie Delpy, Jay and Mark DuplassKevin Smith and Jason Reitman.

"This is put together as a tribute, but it is for the masses. It's very relatable for people on every level," says co-director Tara Wood.

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Another interview subject, Zac Efron, was quite candid in the film, revealing how much he appreciated Linklater casting him in 2008's Me and Orson Welles during a time when he was primarily known for High School Musical.

"It's hard to talk so candidly about your career, so we really appreciated Zac opening up," says Dunaway.

Dunaway and Wood are plotting additional films in the 21 series, including the next installment, which will look at the career of Quentin Tarantino. They plan on setting up a crowdfunding campaign to get the project moving soon.

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