Matthew McConaughey's celebrity booking agency won't let the University of Houston disclose how much it's paying him to deliver the school's much-anticipated May commencement speech.
Due to an unusual confidentiality clause in UH's contract with Celebrity Talent International, the school can't release the cost of booking McConaughey without first letting the booking agency file an appeal with the state AG's office requesting the information be withheld from the public. The Chron evidently discovered the rare secrecy clause in McConaughey's contract when a reporter requested details about the actor's upcoming commencement-speech gig.
"It should be noted that the University does not believe the information is confidential, but must allow the third party the chance to make their argument against disclosure," UH told the daily in a statement.
Back last month when UH made the big announcement that it had bagged the Academy Award winning actor, university president Renu Khator said McConaughey had a personal connection to the school; his father, "Big Jim" McConaughey, apparently once played football at UH.
According to the price range listed on Celebrity Talent International's website, it may have also cost the university anywhere from $150,000 to a half-million dollars to book McConaughey for the speaking gig. Hopefully we'll soon find out exactly how much it costs to bring in, as UH put it, "the kind of star power that adds muscle to the University of Houston's bold reputation campaign 'Welcome to the Powerhouse.'"
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.