Hey Matthew McConaughey, is a hot dog a sandwich?

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Besides his iconic roles in dozens of movies, his gig as a pitchman for sexy Lincoln SUVs, and his voice in your head right now crescendoing with “alright, alright, alright,” Matthew McConaughey also serves as creative director for Wild Turkey Bourbon. He’s that fun.


McConaughey’s had a busy year on-screen, too, co-starring with Anne Hathaway in Serenity, getting literally hosed by Zach Galifianakis in Between Two Ferns: The Movie, and playing the Lebowski-esque Moondog in Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum. He’s also headlining a star-studded cast in Guy Ritchie’s latest, playing a pot-dealing crime lord in The Gentlemen, set to open early next year.

We caught up with McConaughey at the Los Angeles edition of Wild Turkey’s With Thanks event, an annual holiday volunteer program, to ask the busy Hollywood A-lister the question on everyone’s lips.

The Takeout: Hey Matthew McConaughey, is a hot dog a sandwich?

Matthew McConaughey: No, a hot dog’s a hot dog.

TO: Okay, but is it also a sandwich?

MM: An open-face… I never thought of it as a sandwich, but technically, I believe you could call it a sandwich.



No, a hot dog’s a hot dog.

He’s right.

A hot dog is the tube of meat itself. It can technically be served as a sandwich, but it doesn’t have to be. It could be served plain on its own. It could be wrapped in crescent roll or pretzel dough. It could be impaled on a stick, dipped in batter, and fried. It could be put on, or inserted into the crust of, a pizza. It could be sliced and fried up with some potatoes and scrambled eggs (hey, that shit was fancy-ass weekend breakfast growing up poor). Etc, etc. None of those could be considered a sandwich, but all are hot dogs. Because as he said, a hot dog is a hot dog.