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Matthew McConaughey's Diary
The Gulf Coast
Watching this on TV, the water was rising in time with the chaos…I, like everyone, was trying to comprehend the situation, and I felt the need to do something, but what? After 5 hours of researching, my publicist called and said, "I've talked to some producers at the Oprah Show and they are looking for people who want to get 'down and dirty.'" The next morning I was on a plane with a camera and sound crew on our way from Burbank to Baton Rouge.

The plan was not defined, but the ball was rolling…We were headed to the Gulf Coast.