Gov. Pat McCrory dabbles in the world of theater now and then and was most recently inspired by award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey.
In a video gaining traction, the governor is driving around downtown Charlotte at twilight talking to himself about his past appearances on Charlotte Squawks, an annual Saturday Night Live type show that pokes fun at North Carolina politics, sports, and pop culture.
The governor says in the video that he’s not going to participate in the opening skits anymore, as he is, in fact, acting in the opening skit. It’s filmed to mimic the latest Lincoln car commercials starring McConaughey.
“Squawks used to ask me to do idiotic and dumb things to open their show. I told them I’m not doing it anymore. I’m too busy for that. Too important for that,” McCrory mutters to himself as he drives.
He’s interrupted by WFAE's Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins in the back seat telling him to pull over.
“Man, this is the last time I take Uber,” Collins says. “You guys are nutjobs, you know that?”
McCrory re-posted the video skit on social media this week to coincide with his signing of North Carolina ride-sharing legislation that regulates services such as Uber, Lyft and SideCar made available through smart phone apps.
“In honor of ride-sharing bill I signed, #TBT (meaning: throwback Thursday) to the time I channeled my inner McConaughey 4 @cltsquawks skit,” McCrory tweeted Thursday.
The law requires these taxi-like companies to conduct local and national criminal background checks on the drivers and pay a $5,000 annual state permit fee.
Additionally, they must have insurance to cover their drivers and passengers, even when the driver has no passenger but is available for rides on the app.