Dana Holgorsen is a good sport about Matthew McConaughey’s hair in ‘Gold’

As a longtime fan of people who take their jobs seriously but do not take themselves seriously, I am now officially in the tank for Dana Holgorsen.

In an interview published in the American-Statesman, Austin spirit animal Matthew McConaughey noted that he looked to the West Virginia head coach for his character Kenny Wells’ hair in “Gold,” which opens Friday.

636206386471967975-gold-3-lgAs our sister site Hook ‘Em pointed out, Holgorsen can get a little animated during games (and has had choice words for the Longhorns in the past).

Word got around Wednesday about Matthew and his hair. This was Holgorsen’s exceptionally classy response:

Holgorsen fans (and WVU) quickly went to work.

To wit, here is the poster for “Gold”:

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Which was followed by West Virginia fan Brian W. making this:

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Well done, everybody.

Matthew McConaughey looked to the Big 12 for his hair in ‘Gold’

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Bryce Dallas Howard and Matthew McConaughey in “Gold.” Contributed

Sure, Matthew McConaughey reportedly put on more than 40 pounds to get into character as Kenny Wells, the somewhat sketchy fellow at the heart of “Gold.” He hit the cheeseburgers, and he hit them hard.

But what really jumps out at you is his hair, a comb-over with that sort of half-halo thing about the back that some men get. It is … not the most flattering look. It is extremely unexpected to see on a movie star.

So where did this look come from? The UT Longhorns superfan told the Statesman in an interview:

“I haven’t told anyone else this. I went to the hair lady, said, ‘It’s this guy’s hair,’ and handed her a picture of Dana Holgorsen,” McConaughey said, laughing uproariously.

Dana Holgorsen. Contributed by WVU
Dana Holgorsen. Contributed by WVU

Holgorsen, for those not versed in the ins and outs of college football, is the current head coach at West Virginia. He did time in various offensive coordinator gigs at Oklahoma State, Houston and Texas Tech.

“Gold” opens in Austin theaters Jan. 27.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW: Matthew McConaughey talks about his dad, poor shooting conditions and why Wells is his favorite character he’s ever played.