Matthew McConaughey Wears a Monkey Suit for Jamey Johnson’s Video

updated 10/21/2010 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 10/22/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET

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When Jamey Johnson needed a director for the video of his new single, “Playing the Part,” he called one of his biggest fans: Matthew McConaughey.

PEOPLE has a first look at behind-the scenes footage of the video shoot – including interviews with the musician and his actor pal.

“He called a couple months ago and said, ‘Matthew I got a new album coming out and a single, and I want you to direct the video,’ ” says McConaughey, who first hit it off with Johnson when they met in Las Vegas during the 2009 ACM Awards. “I said ‘I’m in.’ ”

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