Over twenty years later, Matthew McConaughey’s role in Dazed and Confused is taken into account iconic. The Oscar-winning actor broke out because the character David Wooderson, turning strains like “Alright, alright, alright” and “It’d be quite a bit cooler in case you did” into memorable quotes that individuals nonetheless recite to the actor to this present day.
McConaughey told Men’s Journal in his cover story that he has no drawback with followers asking him to repeat Wooderson’s strains: “Look, ‘all proper, all proper, all proper’ has change into a nationwide form of moniker. Folks say it on a regular basis, and so they need me to say it. I’ve bought no bother giving it again to them. For me, it’s unique and real as a result of they’re the primary three phrases I ever stated in a job that I bought, that hell, I didn’t know if it was gonna be a interest. It might have been my solely gig. It ended up being a careeeeer.”
In his audition tape for Dazed and Confused, you possibly can see why McConaughey was solid: He’s excellent for it. Within the audition, McConaughey nails the character whereas doing a scene with Wiley Wiggins, who performed Mitch within the movie.
Director Richard Linklater initially didn’t assume McConaughey was proper for the half, however ultimately he got here round with slightly assist from the actor. Linklater spoke with the Georgia Straight about casting McConaughey as Wooderson.
“Once I first met Matthew, he got here in and he’s, like, this actually handsome, clean-cut man, and that threw me off, trigger I by no means noticed Wooderson like that,” Linklater stated. “I used to be, like, ‘No, you’re not proper for this half.’ I’m pondering this after simply assembly him, and he checked out me, and he goes, ‘Hey, I’m not this man, however I do know this man. I do know this man.’ He’s from Longview, I’m from Huntsville, these are East Texas cities. ’I do know this man.’ After which he did his audition and he form of, like, fell into this character, his eyes changed into little quarter slots, he’s like, ‘Hey, man, you bought a joint?’ And I used to be, like, ‘Holy shit!’ He grew to become that man. Holy moley.”
Right here’s a take a look at McConaughey’s hilarious audition: