Matthew McConaughey Goes Behind the Scenes of His Christmas Late Night Performance

by Maggie Schneider

Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon are giving fans a behind-the-scenes look of their festive Late Night Performance.

Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon are a dynamic duo. The pair gave fans a killer Late Night performance of their original song, “This Christmas Will Be Different” back in December. Now, the stars are giving viewers a behind-the-scenes video of how it was created.

“This Christmas Will Be Different” is about going back home to celebrate the holidays. The lyrics share the excitement of going home after almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the video, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon talks about the inspiration behind the performance.

“When we do something, we do it big,” Fallon begins, “and we do it right. Matthew was into it, let’s see how big and how crazy we can do this. How we can go from taped [segments] to live [segments], and just make it a big, memorable, happy thing.”

Jimmy Fallon also describes what it’s like working with Matthew McConaughey.

“Matthew McConaughey is exactly what you think he would be. He’s chill, he’s just laidback, chill and cool. When it’s time to go ‘Action,’ he gets right into the role and does it [and] nails it. He looks like a million bucks.”

The Production Behind McConaughey’s Christmas Performance

Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon’s performance took hours of preparation, filming, and set design. Director Tim Wilkime explains just how much work goes into a performance like this.

“We have six setups to shoot in total in one hour,” Wilkime says. “So it’s a lot to get through really quickly, but this is a team that is executing on this level all the time, so we’re gonna make it happen.”

Production Designer Heather Wolensky was hard at work creating set pieces that could change and move quickly.

“We’ve been prepping for a couple days, trying to build everything and make sure it can move and turn into other things the way it needs to, at the speed it needs to. But, I think we’re in good shape.”

The family kitchen, Late Night green room, and neighbor’s house are all separate pieces decorated exclusively for the performance. Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon bring these little sets to life!

The Final Performance

Watch Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon’s final performance above. It is truly spectacular, and Jimmy Fallon thanks the entire team for their hard work.

“Thank you to everyone that worked so hard on this piece. Thank you to everyone who watched this piece,” Fallon says. “This is why we do it. You make it all worth it. Happy Holidays!”