Matthew McConaughey honors Guy Fieri at his Walk Of Fame star dedication: 'You've been you the whole time and that ain't easy'
There are so few Hollywood friendships that are a surprise anymore.
But this friendship is what the Mayor of Flavortown would most likely refer to as 'the real deal.'
Matthew McConaughey, 49, honored his longtime pal Guy Fieri, 51, with a heartfelt speech during the restaurateur's star dedication ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.
Hollywood hunks: Matthew McConaughey honored his longtime pal Guy Fieri with a heartfelt speech during the restaurateur's star dedication ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday
'Fifteen or so years ago I was living in an air-stream traveling across America...I lived on the road and I came across this show Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, and it quickly became my favorite show,' the Dallas Buyers Club star began his speech.
He affectionately recalled requesting a space to park his trailer that had an open southern sky because his satellite dish connected to programming through the southern sky and he needed to tune into 'Triple D.'
'One day on the road I get the number of the host, Guy Fieri, and I call him up and I say, "Listen, hey man, it's Matthew McConaughey."'
He asked Fieri for a restaurant recommendation in Spokane, Washington saying his suggestion was 'always tops.'
Best bros: McConaughey said the man he met was more than just the host of his favorite TV show
Mobile concierge: The Interstellar actor would began their friendship by sharing his 'road map of where [he] was gonna be traveling over the next week or the next two weeks and [Fieri] would map out the must go to restaurants along the way'
McConaughey then discovered that Fieri could act as a kind of 'mobile concierge,' saying he would share his 'road map of where [he] was gonna be traveling over the next week or the next two weeks and [Fieri] would map out the must go to restaurants along the way.'
Which was fortunate for him, because, 'the Subway sandwiches, although I like them, they were getting a bit old,' the True Detective star joked.
But the two didn't meet until a while later when McConaughey eventually found himself back in Los Angeles.
The Texan told the audience that the man he met was more than just the host of his favorite TV show.
Best of friends: 'This is when I met a guy who I could tell right away, could out-hustle a lot of people with equal talent; out-work them,' the Oscar winner recalled about his pal
'This is when I met a conscientious Guy Fieri; Guy Fieri who cared about family, who cared about faith. This is when I met a guy who I could tell right away, could out-hustle a lot of people with equal talent; out-work them. This is when I met a guy who was not a food snob, and I want to give an applause to that, because that can happen, thank you for that,' the 49-year-old said. 'This is a guy I met who was also curious and was dealing with some newfound fame and wanted to talk about how best to navigate it.'
That's when, he says, the heat really turned up in the bromance.
'We cooked a lot of food. We ate a lot of food. We drank a lot of spirits. We talked about life, and we talked about being authentic to who you are,' the Oscar winner said.
The Dazed And Confused star ended his speech by sharing that in the quality that he most admired about Fieri, is that as he 'moved up the ranks he... always remained exactly who he was, he didn't have to play a part.'
Breakout cooking show star: 'In 2006, Fieri burst into the national scene when he won "Food Network Star"'
Bromance: "'n a business where you can be anyone you want to be, you've been you the whole time, and that ain't easy,' McCaughey said of his friend
'Authenticity,' McConaughey concluded, 'We talked about it the first night we met, and in a business where you can be anyone you want to be, you've been you the whole time, and that ain't easy. Congratulations, and congratulations on getting your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, brother.'
Other speakers included Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer at Discovery, the Food Network's parent company, and Fieri's oldest son Hunter.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the awarding organization of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, had this to say about Fieri: 'Guy Fieri, chef, restaurateur, New York Times bestselling-author, Emmy Award-winning television host and executive producer began his love affair with food at the age of 10, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father called "The Awesome Pretzel Cart."
Family affair: Other speakers included Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer at Discovery, the Food Network's parent company, and Fieri's oldest son Hunter
The statement continues, 'In 2006, Fieri burst into the national scene when he won "Food Network Star." Since that time, Fieri has created a thriving culinary empire as the host and producer of top-rated TV shows including the long-running, five-time Emmy award-nominated, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives...A prolific chef, Fieri has opened over 63 restaurants around the world and at sea, from the Las Vegas strip to the Atlantic City boardwalk; from South Africa to Dubai; as well as authored six best-selling cookbooks.'
'In 2013, Fieri fulfilled a personal passion with the launch of Hunt & Ryde Winery in Sonoma County, named for his two sons, Hunter and Ryder. He continues to support numerous charities including his own "Cooking with Kids," the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Best Buddies International,' the statement concluded, finishing with, 'Fieri recently donated his time and efforts cooking for the first responders and displaced residents of the recent California fires.'
The cooking show star is the recipient of Hollywood Walk of Fame's 2,664th star.
Out of approximately 200 nominations submitted each year, the committee selects just 20-24 people to be honored with a star.
Hollywood star: The cooking show star is the recipient of Hollywood Walk of Fame's 2,664th star
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