Matthew McConaughey Defends the Fanny Pack, May Singlehandedly Bring It Back

08/20/2014 at 12:05 PM ET

If we were to ask for your top Hollywood candidates to bring back the much-maligned fanny pack, we’d bet that Matthew McConaughey wouldn’t be near the top of the list. After all, the star has been the unofficial arbiter of all things cool since his Dazed and Confused days. But not only did he sport the accessory (approved by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Disney World-going moms everywhere) to cheer on the Houston Astros, he also defended its honor in an interview with CSN Houston.

Matthew McConaughey fannypackJared Wickerham/Getty

When the reporter expresses some disbelief at McConaughey’s waist-wear of choice, he laughs, then says, “I’m not afraid of the fanny pack. Are you going to put the stuff in your pockets? You’ve got to put it on the side to make look it a little not as nerdy. But still, practicality wins out. I’ve got so much gear in here that I don’t want in my pockets.” And to drive the point home, he declares once more, “I’m not afraid of the fanny pack!”

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“How many times are you around somebody and they’re like, ‘I forgot my so-and-so, I’ve got to go back to the car’?” he ponders. “And I’m like, ‘I got mine right here!’ … [Fanny packs] are on the way back. Some decade from now.” [Insert “Time is a flat circle” joke, then watch the whole video here.]

Are you convinced by McConaughey’s defense? Are you running out to buy it? What’s the best fanny pack you’ve ever owned? So many questions to contemplate this morning.

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Accessories , Bags , Guy Style
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Susan on

Good for him. Sorry to the “reporter”that we all don’t conform and leave the fanny pack on the shelf at home. When you have kids, or any other purpose in life, you don’t get hung up on things like carrying a fanny pack. How shallow! Just shows how insecure the “reporter” is!

Tarawa on

It’s pretty inspiring to see celebrities use their charisma on good causes. Good work McConaughey.

MJ on

Smart man! I never got rid of fanny packs…don’t care what the so called fashion police say. They are so often needed.

janet on

Fanny pack? WHo cares? Look at that CHILD! What a looker!!! WOW. Go Levi!


Strange looking child….. His hair looks fried!
Looks like his mother I guess!

grudgrime on

Good for him! Especially when you have kids. I hate stuffing my pockets and stuff my pack when I head out for walks or to the park. Who decides what’s fashionable and what’s not. I think it looks better than a bunch of overstuffed lumpy pockets!

Mnmama on

Levi isn’t strange looking. His hair looks like it’s been bleached from the sun and chlorine. Why does there always have to be a snotty remark?

Bee Happy on

I use fanny packs a lot when I travel. They can be very convenient!
Good for him!

amyinoaktown on

I’m liking the manny pack! Especially on him! :)

Mona on

I love the fanny pack. Haven’t had one since the 80’s but they do work and work well. People now use a backpack to carry everything but good for him

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