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Matthew McConaughey and Dr. Anthony Fauci

Oscar-winner and Austin institution Matthew McConaughey will "talk shop" with the nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in a live interview Thursday evening on Instagram, the star posted on social media Tuesday.


The talk will happen at 5:30 p.m. (CST) on Thursday.

No details were given in the Instagram post, which drew 89k likes in the first few hours it was posted.

But it touched off a debate over Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the politics of masking, social distancing and COVID-19 on the comment thread.

"Dude would have us locked in our homes until 2025 if he called the shots. Then we'd be in hazmat suits when he "allowed" us to go outside. Not a fan...," wrote one follower.

"Classic anti-science Trumper, rofl. Absurd," someone replied.

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