A talent booker for Matthew McConaughey doesn't want anyone knowing how much the University of Houston is paying his client to deliver UH's commencement speech in May, and has outlined his arguments in one of the most idiotic letters to the Texas Attorney General we've ever seen. It's awesome.
Instead of doing something silly like having an actual attorney file an objection with the AG's Office, Celebrity Talent International President Glenn Richardson apparently hammered out the letter himself -- misspelling McConaughey's last name -- suggesting that disclosing the actor's fee might somehow put him in danger.
"First, I understand that there needs to be transparency with some things, but it seems that after reading the statutes I was referred to, that our company's communications, emails, and agreement details should be deferred due to things related to unfair competition with my competitors, and also for Mr. McConaughy's security," the letter states. "Emails discussing fees, Mr. McConaughy's personal information, his schedule, are confidential and will potentially hurt our business, risk Mr. McConaughy's accepting the event, and also potentially jeopardize his security."
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Also, Richardson writes, "if Mr. McConaughy's manager sees that this has been released, he may decide to protect Mathew [sic] and exercise the escape clause in his contract, hurting what would have been a wonderful event for the attendees, the Univ. of Houston, and Matthew."
It's strange, then, that the CTI website already gives general booking information for McConaughey: His fees for U.S. dates are $150,000-$499,000, and $500,000-$1 million for international engagements.
The Houston Chronicle notes in a story about the letter that "UH said in a statement last month that it does not believe the contract information is confidential. Thomas Gregor, a Houston attorney who services on the board of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said at the time that he could "think of no circumstance under which a commencement fee paid by a public university could be properly withheld."
Clearly, this Gregor fellow doesn't know as much about open records law -- or common sense -- as Richardson. That said, it seems like Richardson is making this a bigger deal than it would've been if the fee were just released in the first place. It's a bit puzzling, and would make for an excellent "True Detective" plotline. We've got our fingers crossed.