1. Various of Actor Matthew McConaughey streaming on Facebook Live
2. Various of McConaughey surprising the firefighters and EMTs of Ladder 26 in Houston with a turkey
3. Medium shot firefighters listening to McConaughey
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew McConaughey, actor:
"This year, we said, 'Let me get you down here to my home state.' And what's a good place to go? And we came up with this, hey, first responders. Harvey just hit last August here. So much of Houston was under water, these people here, first responders here rescued over 123,000 people. 40,000 people had to move out of their homes and go to shelters. So we're going around today, delivering a turkey, a little bourbon and a little gratitude to the men and women that responded first when that disaster hit."
5. Various shots McConaughey talking to first responders
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY DELIVERS LUNCH TO FIRST RESPONDERS IN TEXAS, TALKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING
Sunday marked National First Responder's Day so actor Matthew McConaughey surprised Houston firefighters, police officers and 911 operators with catered lunches. And a bottle of whiskey, should they want to take a sip off-duty.
McConaughey said he wanted to give thanks to the crews that risked their lives during Hurricane Harvey, which dumped trillions of gallons of water back in 2017, flooding giant swathes of Houston. His efforts were a collaboration with his sponsors at Wild Turkey Bourbon.
"We're going around here today, delivering a turkey, a little bourbon and a little gratitude to the men and women who responded first when that disaster hit," McConaughey said.
The first responders were first greeted by the bourbon brand's master distiller, only to be genuinely shocked when the actor arrived, wheeling in a roasted turkey.
McConaughey met with Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner. Turner told the Associated Press that McConaughey embodies the Texas and Houston spirit by being giving, but also "never forgetting his roots."
The 48-year-old actor told the AP in an interview that he voted on Saturday, braving an hour and a quarter wait in line at an early polling place. The actor's permanent home is in the Austin, Texas area. McConaughey said, "That's one of those lines, that's not one that someone in my position or anybody else that's a celebrity, it's not one of those lines that you get moved to the front, nor should we be moved to the front. It's one of those common denominators, 'Hey we're all in the same place as Americans.'"
He said even though the U.S. may appear politically polarized and divided at the moment, it's a phase that, "we'll come out on the other side. We'll find our proverbial water line."
"But that's also the part of democracy is the push and the pull from the so-called left to the right. It's the push and the pull, there is a divide there to push. I'm preferably a little more aggressively centric. But we'll see where we come out and getting out to vote is the first step in doing something about it."
The actor has two projects in post-production ready for release. He said "Serenity," a feature film in which he co-stars with Anne Hathaway is due to screen in January, as well as "The Beach Bum," in March. The star said he'll be in London soon to work on a new Guy Ritchie crime flick tentatively titled, "Toff Guys."