Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey has come a long way from his Dazed and Confused days. You might now love him for flexing his acting muscles in Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club, but we’ve got something that’ll remind you, once and for all, why you fell for him in the first place: His Dazed and Confused audition.
It’s finally been released (by Criterion Collection) for our viewing pleasure and, boy, is it a winner. Watching him turn up that southern charm and drawl is just way more than we can handle. Let’s not forget that the man was only 23 years old at the time. Can you picture anyone else delivering this creepy and now-classic line: “That’s what I love about high school girls, man. I keep getting older, but they stay the same age”? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
It’s shocking to note that McConaughey only landed this audition (and big break) because he randomly met Dazed casting director Don Phillips at the Hyatt hotel bar in Texas. (Matthew says he hung out there because the bartender — also his film-school classmate — always gave him free drinks.) Long story short, McConaughey and Phillips hit it off and got kicked out of the bar for being too drunk. This one night of debauchery convinced the director to give the young twentysomething a shot.
And the rest was, well,
history “alright, alright, alright.”